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REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 01721) 



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Annual Reports 

of the Several Official Boards 
TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



REFERENCE BOOK 

ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY. 

m-Aoonr'UIIQ.nTS Q172D 






Annual Reports 

of the Several Official Boards 



. . . of the . . . 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 







FOR THE YEAR fNDING DECEMBER 31 



Murphy a Snyder * Maynard. Mass. 



REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE 



If the recommendations of the Finance Committee are 
voted, it estimates that the tax rate will be $42.00 per thou- 
sand on our real estate and personal property providing the 
State and County assessments on the town and all other 
receipts to the town are about the same as last year. For 
every $1000.00 appropriated above our recommendations the 
tax rate will increase 27 cents. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. STUART ALLEN 
PRENTICE W. BLOOD 
ROBERT CHARLES 
PORTER G. JENKS 
ORSON K. MILLER 
WILLIAM T. MERRIAM 

Finance Committee 



TOWN WARRANT 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction 
of town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, to wit: 

Precinct 1 — Town Hall, Acton Center 

Precinct 2 — Universalist Church, South Acton 

Precinct 3 — Woman's Club House, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the third day of March, 1947, by 
posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each of 
the places as directed by vote of the town, seven days at 
least before the third day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following 
town officers : Moderator, town clerk, town treasurer, collector 
of taxes, one selectman for three years; one assessor for 
three years; one member of the board of public welfare for 
three years ; four constables for one year ; one cemetery com- 
missioner for three years ; two members of the school com- 
mittee for three years; one member of the board of health 
for three years ; one trustee Memorial Library for three years ; 
and a tree warden. 



The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 8 
o'clock p.m. 



You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth to notif}^ the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the Town Hall, in said Acton on Monday, 
the tenth day of March, 1947, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. Then 
and there to act on the following articles : 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and 
committees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

The Financz Committee recommends that the sa.aries of 
all elected officers he the same as last yea}'. The Committee 
also recommends that the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed 
at SI. 25 per hotir plus S.50 per hour for use of a truck. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any 
committees chosen at any previous meeting that have not 
already reported. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00, or some other sum, for the 
observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended under 
the direction of a committee appointed by the Board of 
Selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow 
money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning January 1, 1947. and to issue a note 
or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any 
note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one 
year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 



Article 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300.00 for the use of the Treasurer 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount 
spent for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by the 
County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Conunittee recomme7ids favorable action. 

Article 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $1000.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2000.00, or some other sum, so that 
the Board of Health may contract for the collection and dis- 
posal of garbage for a period of one year, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for 
the replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable actiofi. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $750.00 for the purchase of a Gas 
Driven Chain Saw for the Tree Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $600.00 for the purchase of a new 
radio for the Police Cruiser, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 
The Federal Communications Commission is changing the 
Police wave-lengths and our radio is an obsolete model which 
cannot be chanqed. 



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Article 12. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1800.00 for the Police Department, 
and authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an additional 
full time police officer, or act anything thereon. 

' The Finance Committee does not recommend this article 

[ at ihb^time..' , - '^ ^ \ ■//;;• 

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Article 13. To see what sum of money the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses 
of the several departments of the town and determine how 
the same shall be raised. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the following 
sums of money he raised and appropriated for the several 
purposes hereinafter designated and that the same he ex- 
pended only for the purposes under the direction of the re- 
spective hoards, committees , or officers of th^s town, as follows: 

Recommended Expended 
Item General Government 4.6^; of Total 1947 1946 



1 


Moderator 


$ 25.00 


$ 25.00 


2 


Finance Committee 


150.00 


25.75 


3 


Selectmen Sal. & Wages 


1,700.00 


1,599.64 


4 


Expenses 


150.00 


112.97 


5 


Town Accountant Sal. & Wages 


700.00 


650.00 


6 


Expenses 


100.00 


18.67 


7 


Treasurer Sal. & Wages 


650.00 


650.00 


8 


Expenses 


250.00 


207.38 


9 


Collector Sal. & Wages 


1,550.00 


1,330.03 


10 


Expenses 


300.00 


162.15 


11 


Assessors Sal. & Wages 


1,800.00 


1,574.53 


12 


Expenses 


200.00 


133.19 


13 


Town Clerk Sal. & Fees 


450.00 


470.00 


14 


Expenses 


150.00 


109.54 


15 


Elections & Registrations Sal. & Wages 575.00 


709.00 


16 


Expenses 


150.00 


393.22 



17 Total General Government $8,900.00 

Buildings & Grounds 1.8' i of Total 

18 Buildings & Grounds Sal. & Wages $1,700.00 1,687.83 



19 Expenses 1,800.00 1,749.69 



20 Total Buildings & Grounds $3,500.00 

Protection of Persons & Property 8.7% of Total 

21 Police Sal. & Wages $3,000.00 2,541.00 

22 Expenses including cruiser 850.00 848.73 

23 Fire Dept. Sal. & Wages 2,665.00 1,534.35 

24 Expenses 1,500.00 1,771.73 

25 Fire Hydrant Rental 3,375.00 3,178.00 

26 Forest Fire 1,500.00 1,383.60 

27 Sealer of Wgts. & Measures Sal. & W. 200.00 200.00 

28 Expenses 50.00 23.91 

29 Moth Dept. Sal. & Wages 950.00 693.20 

30 Expenses /p^^ ■ 850.00 790.44 

31 Tree Warden Sal. & Wages ' 1,400.00 748.94 

32 Expenses 600.00 249.17 



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Total Protection $16,940.00 

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Health & Sanitation 2.6 S of Total "^ ' 


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34 


Board of Health Sal. & Wages $4,300.00 


3,897.15 


35 


Expenses 700.00 


374.87 


36 


Inspection of Animals 150.00 


125.00 



37 Total Health & Sanitation $5,150.00 

Highways U.17c of Total 

38 Village Highways 

39 Chapter 81 Highways 

40 Chapter 90 Highways 

41 Snow Removal 

42 Street Lighting 

43 Total Highways 

Charities 17.7% of Total 

44 Gen. Relief Sal. & Wages 

45 Expenses 



$1,450.00 
8,550.00 
3,000.00 

10,000.00 
4,400.00 


1,448.89 
21,374.65 

4,813.76 
11,748.91 

4,199.59 


$27,400.00 

$1,335.20 
150.00 


965.26 

87.11 



46 Expenditure 4,500.00 3,322.0:) 

47 Old Age Expenditure 25,000.00 37,834.09 

48 A. D. C. Expenditure 3,500.00 2,497.57 



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Total Charities 

Veterans^ Aid 2.9 ^^ of Total 


$34,485.20 


50 


Ve':erans' Benefits Sal. & Wages 


100.00 


51 


Expenses 


25.00 


52 


Expenditure 


4,000.00 


53 


Veterans' Service Sal. & Wages 


1,150.00 


54 


Expenses 


350.00 



100.00 
1,656.66 



55 Total Veterans' Aid $5,625.00 

Education 41.8 ^^ of Total 



56 


Schools Sal. & Wages 


$62,500.00 


55,373.20 


57 


Fuel 


3,000.00 


2,779.74 


58 


Misc. Operating Expenses 


600.00 


431.83 


59 


Books & Supplies 


3,500.00 


2,805.21 


60 


Transportation 


5,250.00 


4,870.00 


61 


Tuition 


300.00 


241.92 


62 


Janitor's Supplies & Power 


2,200.00 


1,920.01 


63 


Outlay 


1,000.00 


515.00 


64 


Repairs 


2,500.00 


1,888.14 


65 


Library 


200.00 


210.71 


66 


Health 

Total Education 


300..00 


250.00 


67 


$81,350.00 






Libraries .9 '4 of Total 




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68 


Libraries Sal. & Wages 


$ 800.00 


792.05 


69 


Expenses 


700.00 


791.68 


70 


Books 


300.00 


499.81 



71 Total Libraries $1,800.00 



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Recreation .5/v of Total 
72 Playgrounds $1,000.00 409.43 



$1,000.00 



Unclassified 1.2 ^' of Total 



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74 
75 
76 


Misc. Expenses 
Town Reports 
Workmen's Compensation 
Surety Bonds 

Total Unclassified 


$500.00 

^ys 550.00 

900.00 

300.00 


339.47 
310.00 
761.35 
253.75 


77 


$2,250.00 





Cemeteries 2.1^; of Total 

78 Cemeteries Sal. & Wages $3,500.00 2,402.45 

79 Expenses 600.00 529.17 



80 Total Cemeteries $4,100.00 

Maturing Debt & Interest .6'r of Total 

81 Maturing Eebt $1,000.00 2,000.00 

82 Interest 165.00 190.00 



83 Total Debt & Interest $1,165.00 



84 Total Budget Recommendation $193,665.20 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $700.00 for the 
purchase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of Select- 
ment to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the painting of traffic lines 
and signs, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 



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Article 16. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Acton and Building By-Laws 
of the Town of Acton as printed in the town report, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $600.00 for 
the purchase of a new power mower for playgrounds, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
anpropriate the sum of $3,000.00 for new construction of 
Main Street from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North 
Acton; said money to be used in conjunction with $3,000.00 to 
be allotted by the Countv and $6,000.00 to be allotted by the 
State, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of S200.00 for the purchase of additional 
snow fence, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 
and 90 ; provided that the reimbursement from the State and 
County be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $400.00 for the purchase of a power 
lawn mower for the Cemetery Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommerids favorable action. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $300.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 



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purchase of sanders for the Highway Eepartment and author- 
ize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old ones, 
or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $900.00 for the purchase of necessary 
equipment for the Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 
The equipment is for he'mets, raincoats, boots, mittens, and 
carbon dioxide extinguishers. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $2,500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for 
the purchase of hose for the Fire Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $450.00 for the purchase of two 
oxygen masks for the Fire Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $6,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for 
the purchase of an emergency service truck for the Fire 
Department, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to sell or dispose of the old fire truck. 
Engine No. 1, or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell at public 
auction or private sales, any property heretofore or hereafter 
acquired by the town under the title proceedings, to impose 
thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they 



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may deem expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and deliver 
in the name and under the seal of the Town, deeds or other 
instruments therefor, or take any other action relative thereto, 
to do or act thereon. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $3,500.00 from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve 
Fund or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Conunittee recommends favorable action. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $1,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account. 
This sum to be used for the payment of inspection fees for 
the Slaughtering Inspector and that fees received by the Town 
Treasurer for the slaughtering of animals be credited back 
to the Surplus Revenue Account, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 



And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting as directed by vote of the town. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Town Clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twenty-second day 
of January, 1947. 

LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 
ARTHUR W. LEE 

Selectmen of Acton 



A true copy. Attest: 



ROBERT G. WILLETT 

Constable of Acton 



13 
TOWN OFFICERS 



Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 



Lawrence Donnelly Term expires 1947 

Arthur W. Lee Term expires 1948 

George S. Braman Term expires 1949 

Town Clerk 

Harlan E. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1947 

James W. Baker Term expires 1948 

Carl C. Flint Term expires 1949 

Collector of Taxes 

Carrie M. Durkee 

Tree Warden 

James J. Knight 

Board of Public Welfare 

Walter B. Stevens Term expires 1947 

Benjamin J. Ineson Term expires 1948 

Mary M. Laffin Term expires 1949 

Constables 

Ivar Peterson Robert G. Willett 

Frederick Kennedy Samuel E. Knowlton 



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Cemetery Commissioners 

Harry E. Holt Term expires 1947 

Ray L. Harris Term expires 1948 

Howard F. Jones Term expires 1949 

School Committee 

Edith T. Engman Term expires 1947 

Margaret Eraser Term expires 1947 

Hermann H. Gatchell Term expires 1948 

Richard A. Lowden Term expires 1948 

Marion C. Resd Term expires 1949 

Ralph W. Stearns Term expires 1949 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1947 

Florence A. Merriam Term expires 1948 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1949 

Board of Health 

Herbert L. Leusher Term expires 1947 

Lowell H. Cram Term expires 1948 

0. Lawrence Clark Term expires 1949 

Agent of Board of Health 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Clara L. Sawyer Term expires 1947 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Termi expires 1948 

Grace O. Lears Term expires 1949 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Arnold H. Perkins Term expires 1947 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term expires 1948 

James B. Wilson Term expires 1949 



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Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term expires 1947 

Clarence Frost Term expires 1948 

Herbert Merriam Term expires 1949 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1947 

Ealph P. Marble Term expires 1948 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1949 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN— 1946 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Office : Town Hall Hours : 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Meetings: Board of Selectmen, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 

Board of Public Welfare 
First and third Monday evenings at 7 :00 

Finance Committee 

W. Stuart Allen Robert F. Charles 

Orson K. Miller Prentice W. Blood 

William T. Merriam Porter G. Jenks 

Superintendent of Streets 

Russell C. Berry 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones Term expires 1947 

Registrars of Voters 

James B. Wilson Term expires 1947 

* William B. Feely Term expires 1948 

Julia A. Barry Term expires 1949 

Harlan E. Tuttle Ex-Officio 

tJohn P. Duggan 

^Resigned tAppointed to replace* 



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Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Alice C. Duren 
Clerk — James A. Wayne 
Inspector — Samuel E. Knowlton 
Inspector — Paul A. Coughlin 
Deputy Warden — Gertrude M. O'Neil 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Best 
Deputy Inspector — Roy H. Linscott 
Deputy Inspector — Leo T. McCarthy 
Teller— Marion C. Jewell 
Teller— Mary F. McCarthy 

Precinct II 

Warden — Doris Soar 
Clerk— Gladys M. Connolly 
Inspector — Marian L. Piper 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Marion H. Wilmot 
Deputy Clerk — Alice M. Feehan 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Margaret F. Heath 
Teller — Martha I. Lowden 
Teller— Catherine G. Ward 

Precinct III 

Warden^ — Fannie E. Davis 
Clerk — Annie E. Smith 
Inspector — Louise C. O'Brien 
Inspector — Mary M. Laffin 
Deputy Warden — Bertram D. Hall 
Deputy Clerk— EHzabeth M. White 
Deputy Inspector — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Inspector— Katherine M. Kinsley 
Teller— Margaret F. Leveroni 
Teller— Marion C. Reed 



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Fire Engineers 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Chief Engineer 

Clarence Frost, Asst. Engineer — Precinct I 
Lloyd W. Priest, Asst. Engineer — Precinct II 
Arno H. Perkins, Asst. Engineer — Precinct III 

Cattle Inspector 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Forest Warden 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Dog Officer 

Arthur Fraser 
Edward W. Estabrook 

Town Forest Committee 

Clarence Frost Term expires 1947 

James J. Knight Term expires 1948 

Arno H. Perkins Term expires 1949 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood Charles E. Smith 

Fence Viewers 

Robert G. Willett Edward W. Estabrook 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Louis F. Leveroni 

Field Drivers 

William H. Tillson Benjamin H. Sawyer 

Benjamin E. Derby 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James J. Knight 



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Police Officers 

*Michael Foley, Chief 

Robert G. Willett Benjamin H. Sawyef 

Louis F. Leveroni Samuel E. Knowlton 

* Civil Service — Permanent 

Burial Agent 

Waldo J. Flint 

Soldiers' Relief Agent 

Waldo J. Flint 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

John J. Bradley 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Russell C. Berry 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Howard L. Jones 

Public Weighers 

William Braman • Albert S. Braman 

G. Howard Reed Philip Newell 

A. W. Davis Thomias Hearon 

John William Davis Albert R. Jenks 

Alfred Davis, Jr. Porter G. Jenks 

M. B. Ferber Louise Garceau 

Willard Houghton John Malcolm 
Otis J. Reed 

Director of Veterans' Services 

Theron A. Lowden 



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SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



We hereby submit reports of the several departments 
under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. 

During- the year 1946, we petitioned the Mass. Depart- 
ment of Public Utihties to order the Boston and Maine 
Railroad to install flash lights and automatic half-gates at 
Hapgood's Crossing in West Acton and Parker's Crossing 
in South Acton. A public hearing was held in Boston. We are 
still awaiting their decision. 

The Selectmen attended a pubhc hearing on a petition 
of citizens to the Department of Public Utilities to have flash 
lights installed at the New Haven Railroad crossing on Con- 
cord Road, East Acton. These lights have been installed. 

After many years of requesting traffic lights at the 
corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street (Kelley's 
Corner), the Massachusetts Department of Public Works 
has installed them. This has been a dangerous intersection 
and these lights should help to prevent future accidents. 

This year we are asking that the sum of $1000.00 be 
appropriated for playgrounds. Jones Field should be graded, 
which will require considerable fill. The present backstop 
is badly in need of repairs. This field has been let go the last 
few years and needs a lot of work to bring the infield and 
outfield back into good playing condition. Last year the 
veterans gave a lot of their time in getting this field into 
condition so they could play ball. In 1946, the veterans 
organized a ball team and although they were late in starting, 
due to poor grounds, they made a good showing and put on 
several good games. This year, Acton will have one of the 
best semi-pro teams in this vicinity. Coward Field is a new 
playground and is in need of a lot of work. 

The perambulation of town bounds required by statute, 
to be performed every five years, has been performed during 
the year 1946. All bounds were found in good condition. 

A Veterans' Service Center, as required by Chapter 590 
of the Acts of 1946, has been set up under the direction of 



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Theron A. Lowden, who has been appointed Director of 
Veterans' Services. 

At the Special Town Meeting held December 9, 1946. 
it was voted that the sum of $270.00 be transferred from the 
Surplus Revenue Account to the Police Department to in- 
crease the salary of Chief of Police to $2600.00 per year and 
appoint another full time officer. As all appropriations from 
Surplus Revenue must be approved by the Department of 
Accounts at the State House, we were informed by this de- 
partment that they would not approve this transfer. On 
advice of Town Counsel, we are presenting this matter at 
the annual Town Meeting. 

The Board wishes, at this time, to express its apprecia- 
tion to all town officers and committees for their support 
and co-operation in carrying out the duties of their respec- 
tive offices during the past year. 

LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 
ARTHUR W. LEE 

Selectmen of Actor 



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TOWN MEETINGS 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Town Meeting, 

March 11, 1946 

Art. 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose: Grace 0. Lears trustee of the Elizabeth White 
Fund for three years. 

Chose : Herbert Merriam trustee of the Acton Firemen's 
Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Horace F. Tuttle trustee of the Goodnow Fund 
for three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tax Collector be twelve 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen be three hundred dollars per annum and the 
other members two hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salaries of the Assessors be fifteen 
hundred dollars in the aggregate per annum to be apportioned 
as they may determine. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the Board 
of Health be twenty-five dollars per annum, the clerk fifteen 
dollars and the other member ten dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the chairman of the Board 
of Public Welfare be one hundred and twenty-five dollars per 
annum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars each 
per annum and that a member of the Board of Public Welfare 
shall serve as Supervisor of Old Age Assistance and that the 
expense of administering this assistance, such as necessary 
supplies, salary and traveling expense of said supervisor shall 
not exceed the amount provided for this purpose by the Fed- 
eral Government. 



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Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be three 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be six 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the Town Accountant be six 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen 
dollars for the annual meeting and ten dollars for each special 
meeting. 

Voted: That the Selectmen be authorized to fill the 
salaries of all other town oflftcers. 

Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town ofiftcers. 

Voted : To accept the several reports of the town ofl[ice:s. 

Art. 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mJttee chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Voted : That the report of the Zoning and Building Laws 
Committee be accepted and that the Selectmen be instructed 
to present such Zoning laws and building code to the town 
at their discretion. 

Voted: To accept the report of the committee to investi- 
gate the advisability of purchasing a truck for the Highway 
Department. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500.00 or some other sum for the observ- 
ance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended under the 
direction of a committee appointed by the Board of Select- 
men, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of ($500.00) 
five hundred dollars for the observance of Memorial Day, this 
sum to be expended under the direction of a committee ap- 
pointed by the Board of Selectmen. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the Town 
Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow 



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money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of 
the financial year beginning January 1, 1946, and to issue 
a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to 
renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of 
less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial 
year beginning January 1, 1946, and to issue a note or notes 
therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or 
notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in 
accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $250.00 for the use of the Treasurer, to pay 
the expenses of the local Log Officer. The amount spent for 
board and disposal of dogs will be reimibursed by the County 
of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred and Fifty (250) dollars for the use of the Treasurer, to 
pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount spent 
for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by the 
County of Middlesex. 

Art. 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of $400.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Ac- 
count, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of Four Hundred (400) 
dollars from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500.00 or any other sum to be used, in 
conjunction with $500.00 now available, by the Town Forest 
Committee, for the purpose of purchasing additional forest 
land or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $300.00 for necessary labor ^and material 
to repair the town clock, or act anything thereon. 



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Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Hun- 
dred (300) dollars for necessary labor and material to repair 
the town clock. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $150.00 to defray the necessary expenses 
of office supplies, etc., in connection with the administration 
of Old Age Assistance, Aid to Dependent Children and General 
Relief, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of One Hun- 
dred Fifty (150) dollars to defray the necessary expenses of 
office supplies, etc., in connection with the administration of 
Old Age Assistance, Aid to Dependent Children and General 
Relief. 

Art. 11. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
Moderator to appoint a committee of three to investigate the 
advisability of extending our present fire alarm box system 
and to submit report at the next annual or a special town 
meeting, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the Selectmen to appoint a com- 
mittee of three to investigate the advisability of extending 
our present fire alarm box system and to submit report at 
the next annual or a special town meeting. Committee — 
Lloyd Priest, Clarence Frost and Arno H. Perkins. 

Art. 12. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $450.00 for the 
purchase of one hose dryer for the South Acton Fire .House, 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Four Hundred Fifty (450) dollars for the pur- 
chase of one hose dryer for the South Acton Fire House. 

Art. 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1800.00 or some other sum, so that the 
Board of Health may contract for the collection and disposal 
of garbage for a period of one year, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Eighteen 
Hundred (1800) dollars, so that the Board of Health may 



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contract for the collection and disposal of garbage for a 
period of one year. 

Art. 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for the 
replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Fifty (250) dollars for the Tree Departmnt for the re- 
placement of shade trees. 

Art. 15. To see what sum of money the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses 
of the several departrrents of the town and determine how 
the same shall be raised. 

Voted : That the following sums of money be raised and 

appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter designated 
and that the same be expended only for the purposes under 

the direction of the respective boards, committees, or officers 
of the town, as follows : 
General Government: 

Moderator $ 25. 

Finance or Advisory Committee 

Selectmen, Salaries & Wages .... 1,800. 

Expenses 150. 

Expenses 100. 

Town Accountant, Salaries & Wages 650. 

Expenses 50. 

Treasurer, Salaries & Wages 650. 

Expenses 250. 

Collector of Taxes, Salaries & 

Wages 1,550. 

Expenses 300. 

Assessors, Salaries & Wages .... 1,800. 

Expenses 200. 

Town Clerk, Salaries & Fees 450. 

Expenses 150. 

Election & Registration 

Salaries & Wages 650. 

Expenses 250. 

Total General Government $ 9,025. 



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Buildings & Grounds: 

Salaries & Wages 1,900. 

Expenses 1,900. 



Total Buildings & Grounds 3 800. 

Protection of Persons and Property: 

Police, Chiefs Salary 1,800. 

Chiefs Special Bonus 300. 

Special Officers 400. 

Expenses including Cruiser . . 850. 
Fire Department 

Salaries & Wages 1,960. 

Expenses 1,500. 

Fire Hydrants (Rental) 3,275. 

Forest Fire 1,200. 

Sealer of Weights & Measures 

Salaries & Wages 200. 

Expenses 25. 

Moth Department 

Salaries & Wages 700. 

Expenses 800. 

Tree Warden 

Salaries & Wages 750. 

Expenses 250. 

Total Protection Persons & Property 14,010. 
Health & Sanitation: 

Salaries & Wages 3,900. 

Expenses 100. 

Inspection of Animals 125. 

Total Health & Sanitation 4,125. 

Highways : 

Village Roads 1,450. 

Chapter 81 8,550. 

Chapter 90 3,000. 

Snow Removal 12,500. 

Street Lighting 4,200. 

Total Highways 29.700. 



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Charities : 

General Relief 

Salaries & Wages 625. 

Expenditures 4,000. 

Old Age Assistance, Expenditures 23,000. 

Aid to Dependent Children, Expen- 
ditures 2,500. 

Total Charities 30,125. 

Veterans Benefits: 

Salaries & Wages 100. 

Expenditures 3,000. 

Total Veterans Benefits . 3,100. 

Education : 

Superintendents', Principals' 

and Teachers' Salaries & 

Janitors' Wages 53,954. 

Fuel 2,400. 

Mass. Teachers' Retirement 

Fund 231.50 

Miscellaneous Expenses .... 600. 

Text Books & Supplies 4,800. 

Transportation 4,750. 

Vocational Education 300. 

Janitors' Supplies & Power . . 2,680. 

Outlays 1,050. 

General Maintenance 2,000. 

Library 400. 

Health 300. 

Total Education 73,465.50 

Libraries : 

Salaries & Wages 800. 

Expenses 800. 

Books 200. 

Total Libraries 1,800. 



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Recreation: 

Playgrounds : Expense 600. 

Total Recreation 600. 

Unclassified : ^ 

Miscellaneous Expenses 500. 

Town Reports 400 

Workmen's Compensation 700 

Surety Bonds 255 

Total Unclassified 1,855. 

Cemeteries : 

Salaries & Wages 2,500. 

Expenses 500. 



Total Cemeteries 3,000. 

Maturing Debt and Interest : 

Maturing Debt 2,000. 

Interest, Maturing Debt 190. 



Total Debt and Interest . . 2,190. 

Special Articles: 

Art. 4. Memorial Day $ 500. 

Art. 6. Dog Officer 250. 

Art. 9. Town Clock 300. 

Art. 10. Charity 150. 

Art. 13. Collection of Garbage . . 1,800. 

Art. 14. Tree Dept. 250. 

Art. 20. War Record Committee 1,000. 

Art. 22. Painting Traffic Lines . 100. 

Art. 28. Main Street 3,000. 

Art. 29. Power Mower 200. 

Art. 32. Snow fencing 200. 

Art. 33. Zoning & Building Com. 400. 



Total Special Articles . . . 8,150. 



Total voted to be raised and appropriated $184,945.50 



Transfers : 


Art. 


7. 


Art. 


12. 


Art. 


17. 


Art. 


21. 


Art. 


24. 


Art. 


25. 


Art. 


27. 


Art. 


30. 


Art. 


31. 


Art. 


35. 



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Machinery Account ... $ 400. 

Hose Dryer 450. 

Truck for Highway Dept. 4,500. 

Snow Plow 600. 

Forest Fire Truck 4.200. 

PoHce Cruiser 450. 

Painting W. Acton Fire 

House 400. 

Reserve Fund 2,500. 

Chapters 81 & 90 19,550. 

Fence Coward Field 

Playground 1,000. 



Total Transfers 34,050. 

Total Voted to be raised and appropriated $184,945.50 

Total Transfers 34,050. 



Grand Total $218,995.50 

Art. 16. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
Board of Selectmen to have an annual audit of the various 
accounts of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the Board of Selectmen to have an 
annual audit of the various accounts of the town. 

Art. 17. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $4500.00 or some other sum from the Surplus Revenue 
Account for the purchase of a truck for the highway depart- 
ment, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of Forty-five Hundred 
(4500) dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 
purchase of a truck for the highway department and that 
said sum be spent under the supervision of the Board of 
Selectmen. 

Standing Vote : Yes 134 

No 44 

Tellers: Wm. Henry Soar 
Edward Bursaw 



Prentice Blood 
John Murphy 

Art. 18. To see if the town will vote to accept the pro- 
visions of Chapter 723, Acts of 1945, being an act to authorize 
the establishment and maintenance of municipal departments 
and of districts for furnishing information, advice and as- 
sistance to veterans of World War II or other veterans, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted unanimously: Not to accept the provisions of 
Chapter 723, Acts of 1945, being an act to authorize the estab- 
lishment and maintenance of municipal departments and of 
districts for furnishing information, advice and assistance to 
veterans of World War II or other veterans. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3000.00 for the maintenance of a munici- 
pal department or of a district for the furnishing of informa- 
tion, advice and assistance to veterans of World War II or 
other veterans as outlined in Chapter 723 (Acts of 1945). 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will vote to continue the 
work of the Acton War Record Committee and that this com- 
mittee be called the Acton War Record and Veteran's 
Service Committee to handle all veteran affairs and that 
the director be appointed for a period of one year by the Board 
of Selectmen, and that the sum of $1200.00 be raised and appro- 
priated for this committee, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To continue the work of the Acton War Record 
Committee and that the sum of One Thousand (1000) Dollars 
be raised and appropriated for this committee. 

Art. 21. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $600.00 for the pur- 
chase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to trade in or sell any old snow plows or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Six Hundred (600) Dollars for the purchase of a 
snow plow and authorized the Board of Selectmen to trade in 
or sell any old snow plows. 



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Art. 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $100.00 for the painting of traffic lines and 
signs or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of One Hun- 
dred (100) Dollars for the painting of traffic lines and signs. 

Art. 23. To see if the town will vote to elect a School 
Building Committee consisting of the Chairmen of the Board 
of Selectmen, Finance Committee and School Committee, with 
the Superintendent of Schools as Clerk of the School Building 
Committee without a vote, to survey the elementary school 
needs of the town, secure preliminary plans, and report on 
the advisability of remodeHng the present elementary schools, 
the estimated cost of a central 8-grade elementary school, in- 
cluding sub-primary department, and of three new 8-grade 
elementary schools, including sub-primary department, one 
in each precinct ; and to see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1500.00 or any other sum for the use 
of said School Building Committee, and to instruct it to report 
to the town at the next annual or special town meeting, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Art. 24. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $4200.00 for the 
purchase of a forest fire truck and that the purchase of the 
truck be left to the Board of Selectmen and the Fire Engineers 
of the town and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized 
to use the old forest fire truck for the town sprayer and that 
the Board be also authorized to dispose of any unnecessary 
equipment or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Forty-two Hundred (4200) Dollars for the pur- 
chase of a forest fire truck and that the purchase of the truck 
be left to the Board of Selectmen and the Fire Engineers of 
the town and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to use 
the old forest fire truck for the town sprayer and that the 
Board be also authorized to dispose of any unnecessary equip- 
ment. 



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Art. 25. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $450.00 for the 
purchase of a Police Cruiser and that the Board of Selectmen 
be authorized to trade in the old cruiser or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Four Hundred Fifty (450) Dollars for the purchase 
of a Police Cruiser and that the Board of Selectmen be author- 
ized to trade in the old cruiser. 

Art. 26. To see if the town will vote to instruct the As- 
sessors to publish a list of valuation of all personal and real 
estate of the town for 1946 and appropriate the sum of 
$500.00 for the same or act anything thereon. 

Motion: That the town instruct the Assessors to pub- 
lish a list of valuation of all personal and real estate of the 
town for 1946 and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
(500) Dollars for the same. 

Motion did not prevail. 

Art. 27. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $400.00 for the paint- 
ing of the West Acton Fire House or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Four Hundred (400) Dollars for the painting of the 
West Acton Fire House. 

Art. 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3000.00 for new construction of Main Street 
from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton ; said 
money to be used in conjunction with $3000.00 to be allotted 
by the County and $6000.00 to be allotted by the State or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thou- 
sand (3000) Dollars for new construction of Main Street from 
the Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton ; said money 
to be used in conjunction with Three Thousand (3000) Dollars 
to be allotted by the County and Six Thousand (6000) Dollars 
to be allotted by the State. 



Art. 29. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of a power mower 
for the town grounds or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred (200) Dollars for the purchase of a power mower for the 
town grounds. 

Art. 30. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $3500.00 from the overlay Surplus as a Reserve Fund 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To appropriate the sum of Twenty-five Hundred 
(2500) Dollars from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve Fund. 

Art. 31. To see if the town will appropriate from the 
Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's and 
County's allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90, 
provided that the reimbursement from the State and Countj^ 
be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Nineteen Thousand Five Hundred Fifty 
(19,550) Dollars, the amount of the State's and County's 
allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90, provided 
that the reimbursement from the State and County be credited 
back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Art. 32. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of additional snow 
fencing or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred (200) Dollars for the purchase of additional snow fencing. 

Art. 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $400.00 or any other sum for the use of the 
Zoning and Building Committee or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hun- 
dred (400) Dollars for the use of the Zoning and Building 
Committee. 

Art. 34. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $450.00 so that the Board of Health and 



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the Committee on Post War Public Works may jointly employ 
sanitary engineering services to make a preliminary study of 
need and possible cost of a sewerage system and sewage dis- 
posal in the built-up sections of the town or act anything 
thereon. 

Motion : That the town vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of $450.00 so that the Board of Health and the Committee 
on Post War Public Works may jointly employ sanitary 
engineering services to make a preliminary study of need and 
possible cost of a sewerage system and sewage disposal in the 
built-up section of the town and report at the next annual 
or special town meeting. 

Motion did not prevail. 

Art. 35. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $1000.00 or any other 
sum for the purchase and erection of a fence to separate the 
Coward Field playground from the highway department or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of One Thousand (1000) Dollars for the purchase and 
erection of a fence to separate the Coward Field Playground 
from the highway department or the adjoining property and 
that said sum be spent under the direction of the Selectmen. 

Voted: To adjourn. 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Special Town Meeting 
Held December 9, 1946 

Art. 1. To see what action the town will take on the 
report and recommendations of the special committee ap- 
pointed by the Selectmen as instructed by a vote taken at 
the last annual town meeting relative to the extending of our 
present fire alarm system or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That this report be accepted and that this 
committee and the Selectmen be a joint committee authorized 
to insert articles in the warrant for the annual town meeting 
in regard to extending the present fire alarm system. 



Art. 2. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to grant to BoBston Edison Company perpetual 
rights and easements for the construction, maintenance and 
use of an underground armored cable under that portion of its 
land on the northerly side of the location of the Boston and 
Maine Railroad near the Concord line which is known as 
''Old Stow Road" or "Concord Street" or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen to grant to Boston 
Edison Company perpetual rights and easements for the 
construction, mainterance and use of an underground armored 
cable under that portion of its land on the northerly side of 
the location of the Boston and Maine Railroad near the Con- 
cord line which is known as ''Old Stow Road" or "Concord 
Street". 

Art. 3. To see if the town will vote to accept the laws 
pertaining to the business of slaughtering according to the 
General Laws, Chapter 94, as amended, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To accept the provisions of sections 120 and 
120A of Chapter 94 of the General Laws. 

Art. 4. To see if the town will vote to accept as a town 
way or street, that extension of Wood Lane running southerly 
about 1350 feet, as laid out by the Selectmen and shown on a 
plan filed in the office of the Town Clerk or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To accept the extension of Wood Lane running 
southerly about 1350 feet, as laid out by the Selectmen and 
shown on a plan filed in the office of the Town Clerk. 

Art. 5. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of $500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the Machin- 
ery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Art. 6. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of $150.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the Street 
Lighting Account or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 



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Art. 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $125.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
Tree Warden's Department for the removing and replacing 
of shade trees killed by escaping gas from gas mains or act 
anything thereon. This amount has already been paid to the 
Town Treasurer by the Boston Consolidated Gas Company. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $125.00 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account to the Tree Warden's Department for the 
removing and replacing of shade trees killed by escaping gas 
from gas mains, this money to be spent in 1946 and 1947. 

Art. 8. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $200.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 
purpose of transferring the town sprayer to the old forest 
fire truck chassis or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To transfer the sum of $200.00 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account for the purpose of transferring the town 
sprayer to the old forest fire truck chassis. 

Art. 9. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
Forest Fire Account or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to the Forest Fire Account. 

Art. 10. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $300.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to pay the 
expenses of relocating the wires of the fire alarm system 
on Massachusetts Avenue or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $300.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to pay the expenses of relocating the 
wires of the fire alarm system on Massachusetts Avenue. 

Art. 11. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $300.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
expense account of the Fire Department or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $300.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to the expense account of the Fire 
Department. 



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Art. 12. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of $200.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the Board 
of Health for the purpose of paying the inspector of slaugh- 
tering or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To transfer the sum of $200.00 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account to the Board of Health for the purpose of 
paying the inspector of slaughtering. 

Art. 13. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $1000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
expense account of the Board of Health or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $1000.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to the expense account of the Board 
of Health. 

Art. 14. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
Old Age Assistance Account or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to the Old Age Assistance Account. 

Art. 15. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $400.00 from Item 59 (as voted at the annual town 
meeting in March, 1946, for Text Books and Supplies) to 
Item 56 (Fuel) or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $400.00 from Item 59 
(as voted at the annual town meeting in March, 1946, for 
Text Books and Supplies) to Item 56 (Fuel). 

Art. 16. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $150.00 from Item 59 (as voted at the annual town 
meeting in March, 1946, for Text Books and Supplies) to Item 
60 (Transportation) or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $150.00 from Item 59 
(as voted at the annual town meeting in March, 1946, for 
Text Books and Supplies) to Item 60 (Transportation). 

Art. 17. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account. This sum 
to be added to the sum of $4200.00 voted at the annual town 



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meeting in March, 1946, under Article 24 for the purchase 
of a forest fire truck, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of $500.00 from the Sur- 
plus Revenue Account to be added to the sum of $4200.00 
voted at the annual town meeting in March, 1946, under 
Article 24 for the purchase of a forest fire truck. 

Art. 18. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sumi of $500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 
purpose of removal and cabling of certain dangerous trees in 
the town or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Art. 19. To see if the town will authorize the Selectmen 
to convey by deed to Caroline A. Taylor the rights of the 
town in a certain parcel of land known as the ''Old School 
House Lot" situated between her property and School Street, 
South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen to convey by deed 
to Caroline A. Taylor the rights of the town in a certain 
parcel of land known as the "Old School House Lot" situated 
between her property and School Street, South Acton. 

Art. 20. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $270.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account to the 
Police Department, to provide for a full time officer and an 
increase in salary for the Chief of Police or act anything 
thereon. (Petition of James H. Connolly and other citizens.) 

Voted: That the sum of $270.00 be transferred from 
the Surplus Revenue Account to the Police Department and 
that the Selectmen be hereby instructed to increase the salary 
of the Chief of Police to $2600.00 per year, and that his salary 
increase be retroactive to December 1, 1946, and that the 
Selectmen be further instructed to appoint another full time 
officer at a salary of $42.00 per week. 

Voted: To adjourn. 



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STATE ELECTION HELD NOVEMBER 5, 1946 



R. — Republican 

D. — Democratic 

S.L.P. — Socialist Labor Party 

P. — Prohibition 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of ballots cast 423 438 448 1309 

Governor 

Robert F. Bradford, R 358 341 368 1067 

Maurice J. Tobin, D 60 93 77 230 

Horace L Hillis, S.L.P 1 1 

Guy S. Williams, P. 

Blanks 4 4 3 11 

Lieutenant Governor 

Arthur W. Coolidge, R 350 339 362 1051 

Paul A. Dever, D 67 94 82 243 

Alfred Erickson, P 1 1 

Francis A. Votano, S.L.P 2 1 3 

Blanks 3 4 4 11 

Secretary 

Frederic W. Cook, R 373 362 384 1119 

Benedict F. FitzGerald, Jr., D 43 69 56 168 

Malcolm T. Rowe, S.L.P 2 2 4 

Blanks 5 5 8 18 

Treasurer 

Laurence Curtis, R 350 338 362 1050 

John E. Hurley, D 61 88 76 225 

Lawrence Gilfedder, S.L.P 3 1 4 

Charles E. Vaughan, P 1 1 

Blanks 8 11 10 29 



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Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Auditor 

Thomas J. Buckley, D 70 109 103 282 

Russell A. Wood, R 341 316 330 987 

Pearl J. McGlynn, S.L.P 1 1 2 

Robert A. Simmons, P 2 1 14 17 

Blanks ^ 9 11 1 21 

Attorney General 

Clarence A. Barnes, R 357 347 365 1069 

Francis E. Kelly, D 52 75 70 197 

William F. Oro, S.L.P 2 1 3 



Howard B. Rand, P 1 2 o 



o 
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Senator in Congress 

Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., R 355 352 365 1072 

David I. Walsh, D 61 77 80 218 

Henning A. Blomen, S.L.P 1 1 2 

Mark R. Shaw, P 1 1 

Blanks 5 8 3 16 

Congressman— Fifth District 

Oliver S. Allen, D 37 44 50 131 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 375 386 392 1153 

Harriet Slade, P 4 1 5 

Blanks 7 7 6 20 

Councillor — Third District 

Francis J. Callahan, D 44 63 65 172 

Otis M. Whitney, R 369 360 365 1094 

Blanks 10 15 18 43 

Senator — Fifth Middlesex District 

Richard I. Furbush, R 374 373 382 1129 

Frank J. Gaziano, D 35 49 52 136 

Blanks 14 16 14 44 



41 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Representative in General Court — Eleventh Middlesex 

Distriet 

John H. Valentine, R 382 378 396 1156 

Blanks 41 60 52 153 

District Attorney — Northern District 

John F. Kelley, D 54 81 82 217 

George E. Thompson, R 356 340 353 1049 

Blanks 13 17 13 43 

Clerk of Courts — Middlesex County 

John F. Ferrick, D 51 65 63 179 

Frederic L. Putnam, R 357 351 369 1077 

Blanks 15 22 16 53 

Register of Deeds — Middlesex Southern District 

John J. Butler, D 56 71 73 200 

Albert T. Gutheim, R 351 338 353 1042 

Blanks 16 29 22 67 

County Commissioner — Middlesex County 

Thomas B. Brennan, D 56 69 78 203 

Melvin G. Rogers, R 355 344 353 1052 

Blanks 12 25 17 54 

County Commissioner — Middlesex County (To fill vacancy) 

Edwin 0. Childs, R 384 375 399 1158 

Blanks 39 63 49 151 

Question 1. — Old Age Pension Fund 

Yes 96 91 121 308 

No 216 209 207 632 

Blanks Ill 138 120 369 



42 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Question 2. — Labor Union Statement of Aeeounts 

Yes 233 232 262 727 

No 81 74 69 224 

Blanks 109 132 117 358 

Aleoholie Beverages — Whisky & Rum 

Yes 110 166 134 410 

No 271 225 262 758 

Blanks 42 47 52 141 

Wines & Beer 

Yes 127 171 146 444 

No 252 211 234 697 

Blanks 44 56 68 168 

Paekage Store 

Yes 237 217 245 699 

No 161 164 158 483 

Blanks 25 57 45 127 

Pari-Mutuel System — Horse Raees 

Yes 149 190 182 521 

No 212 188 184 584 

Blanks 62 60 82 204 

Pari-Mutuel System — Dog Raees 

Yes 122 157 133 412 

No 219 192 204 615 

Blanks 82 89 11 282 

Jury Serviee by Women 

Yes 196 211 220 627 

No 150 127 122 399 

Blanks 77 100 106 283 



Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Retirement System 



Yes 197 

No 128 

Blanks 98 



207 


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84 


94 


306 


147 


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Recount Dec. 6, 1946— State Election 

Lieutenant Governor and State Auditor 

Whole number of ballots cast 423 438 448 1309 

Lieutenant Governor 

Arthur W. Coolidge, R 349 338 364 1051 

Paul A. Dever, D 70 94 82 246 

Alfred Erickson, P 1 1 

Francis A. Votano, S.L.P 1 1 2 

Blanks 2 5 2 9 

Auditor 

Thomas J. Buckley, D 72 109 103 284 

Russell A. Wood, R 338 317 332 987 

Pearl J. McGlynn, S.L.P 1 1 2 

Robert A. Simmons, P 1 1 2 4 

Blanks 11 10 11 32 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



BIRTHS 



Whole number recorded 79 

Born in Acton 1 . Mixed Parentage 5 

Males 43 Native Parentage 72 

Females 36 Foreign Parentage 2 

MARRIAGES 

Whole number recorded ; . . . . 43 

Resident of Acton 49 Resident of other places 37 

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Deaths Registered in 1946 



Date Name 

Nov. 21 Anderson, Hilda (Annala) 

July 18 Bean, Forrest E. 

Nov. 6 Best, George C. 

Feb. 9 Billings, Fred W. 

Oct. 18 Booker, William H. 

Apr. 11 Brill, Frederick E. 

June 10 ChafRn, Nancy Q. 

Mar. 13 Coughlin, Mary W. 

Apr. 2 Dusseault, Mildred (Mills) 

Aug. 10 Evans, Joseph W. 

May 22 Frazier, Alexander L. 

May 8 Fullonton, Robert F. 

July 12 Gilbert, Kathleen C. 

Feb. 3 Gray, Herbert A. 

July 26 Holt, Mary C. 

Jan. 25 Houghton, Martha I. 

July 24 Murphy, John F. 

July 23 Nelson, Christine (Anderson) 

July 16 Perkins, Albert H. 

Oct. 28 Perkins, Levi W. 

Jan. 30 Putnam, Bruce E. 

Jan. 9 Bobbins, Lelia A. 

Apr. 9 Rowe, Henry L. 

Feb. 18 Schmitz, Edward F. 

Mar. 25 Sims, Ahce M. 

June 1 Tarbox, Georgianna M. (Branscomb) 

June 7 Wise, Edward J. 

Jan. 12 Worcester, George W', 



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72 


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11 


82 


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19 


81 


11 


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73 


4 


22 


85 


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28 


56 


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83 


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55 



List of Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1946 



Owner 

Frederick Tuttle 
Raymond Hatch 
Robert A. McAdo 
Roger Mason 



Tag No. 

1 
2 
3 

4 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Geraldene C. Prentiss 5 

Pauline Bursaw 6 

Hazel Hughes 7 

A. A. Steele 8 

Robert M. Bowen 9 

Robert M. Bowen 10 

Gertrude Stiles 11 

George W. Newton 12 

Alden C. Flagg, Jr. 13 

Mary H. Lothrop 14 

Thomas B. Smith 15 

Thomas B. Smith 16 

Richard Peterson 17 

Benjamin J. Ineson 18 

Joseph F. Batchelder 19 

Mrs. J. A. Dingee 20 

Joseph Grandine 21 

Harold White 22 

A. Hazeltine Perkins 23 

A. Hazeltine Perkins 24 

Wm. N. Meppen 25 

Mildred Pope Moore 26 

Mildred Pope Moore 27 

Frances C. Day 28 

Sina Waterhouse 29 

John Fisher 30 

Earl G. Morris 31 

Gardner C. Ferguson 32 

David Lawson 33 

Jennie McClure 34 

Lowell Cram 35 

Frank Greenough 36 



Avis Kroon 37 

Edward L. Forbes 38 

Edward L. Forbes 39 

Franklin Shores 40 

Jeanette Rifford 41 

John J. Onslow 42 

Mildred Gallant 43 

Albert M. Nickerson 44 

Albert M. Nickerson 45 

Harold J. Hennelly 46 

Cecile Coles 47 

Edwin A. Hall 48 

Edwin A. Hall 49 

Wm. D. Tuttle, Jr. 50 

William S. Jones 51 

H. J. Schnair 52 

Lloyd Priest 53 

Frederick T. Bird 54 

Karl R. Jones 55 

WilHam Tillson 56 

Henry Tobin 57 

Oilva Eilertsen 58 

Carrie F. Wells 59 

Zillah Gates 60 

Phyllis W. Hartwell 61 

Joseph Perry 62 

Samuel A. Walsh 63 

Samuel A. Walsh 64 

Howard M. Hulbert 65 

Howard M. Hulbert 66 

Claire Garceau 67 

D. F. Hogan 68 
Leonard A. Godfrew, Jr. 69 

Stanley A. Drake 70 

Herbert Pratt 71 

Kay Graham 72 



56 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Leo McCarthy 73 

Hilda Anderson 74 

Clifford A. Schofield 75 

John Torkelsen 76 

Charles K. Lawton 77 

Marion H. Jewett 78 

Harry Waterhouse 79 

Frederick S. Kennedy 80 

Robert Torrey 81 

W. Stuart Allen 82 

Clifford E. Armstrong 83 

Clifford E. Armstrong 84 

Ingeborg Pederson 85 

Charles R. Sweet 86 

John W. Charter 87 

John W. Charter 88 

Hugh Hodgen 89 

Glenna Wise 90 

Orson K. Miller 91 

Noe J. Richard 92 

Walter C. WilHams 93 

Eva C. Shapley 94 

Norman Livermore 95 

Harold Y. Banquer 96 

Charles D. Quimby 97 

Kenneth Jewell 98 

David Penney 99 

Everett Maynes 100 

Otis J. Reed 101 

Otis J. Reed 102 

Pichard O'Neil 103 

Christian Carlson 104 

John W. Mortimer 105 

Arthur Jalonen 106 

Lucretia Conheeney 107 

Stanley Veasie 108 

Stanley Veasie 109 

Carl R. Godfrey 110 

H. Vaughn Allen 111 



Francis B. Roche 


112 


Walter W. Smith 


113 


Ormal S. Laffin 


114 


Wilmer Laffin 


115 


John M. Pettingell 


116 



Margaret W. Larrabee 117 

John M. Malcolm 118 

John H. Watkins 119 

Stuart Farquhar 120 

Donald Reynolds 121 

Charles D. Manter 122 

Robert Farquhar 123 

Florence Watkins 124 

F. Wendell Putnam 125 

Georo-e Roe 126 

L. H. Campbell 127 

William J. Durkin 128 

Mrs. H. F. O'Rourke 129 

Arthur Lowden 130 

Frank E. Balsor 131 

C C. Cullinane 132 

Margaret Cullinane 133 

Purton H. Wayne 134 

Henry Teele 135 

Robert Young 136 

J. He^ry Engman 137 

Orla Nichols 138 

Joseph Curtis 139 

Alan Pederson 140 

John LaTulippe 141 

John LaTulippe 142 

John LaTulippe 143 

Ralph L Smith 144 

Mary A. Hayes 145 

Raynold G. Dagenais 146 

Roland 0. Livermore 147 

George Horton 148 

Elvin Jensen 149 

Charles J. Farley 150 



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Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Charles J. Farley 151 

Edwin M. Anderson 152 

James Farrar 153 

L. H. Lewis 154 

Modesto Simeone 155 

Malcolm Fullonton 156 

Fred Richards 157 

Osgood Tuttle 158 

John J. Baron 159 

John Waluk 160 

John Waluk 161 

Charles E. Bartlett 162 

Stephn Torrey 163 

Marion F. Hayes 164 

William A. Johnson 165 

John B. Byers 166 

Ethel C. Robbins 167 

Edwin A. Anderson 168 
Lt. Col. Edw. J. Higgins 169 

Howard M. Dowd 170 

Howard M. Dowd 171 

Henry Erikson 172 

Wiiham C. Crosby 173 

Louis A. Flerra 174 

Kenneth S. Harvey 175 

Herbert L. Leusher 176 

Harold Day 177 

John Murray 178 

Dr. W. F. Davis 179 

Edward A. Schmitz 180 

Ernest Simpson 181 

Curtis Briggs 182 

Sherman McGreen 183 

Clinton S. Curtis 184 

Clinton S. Curtis 185 

Clinton S. Curtis 186 

Paul Cornwall 187 

E. C. Johnson 188 

Russell Berry 189 



Arthur P. Reynolds 190 

Michael J. Walsh 191 

Carl Fhnt 192 

John F. Canessa 193 

George Rugg 194 

Helen Bacher 195 

Edward L. Pendergast 196 

Walter D. Handy 197 

Alfred Birch 198 

Mrs. Robert Reid 199 

Richard Stuart 200 

Allie Hall 201 

H. Stuart MacGregor 202 

John L. Fletcher 203 

Carl F. Herstad 204 

James H. French, Jr. 205 

John Grzegorwicz 206 

Harry A. Williams 207 

James Espie, Jr. 208 

A. W. Marsh 209 

Hermann H. Gatchell 210 

Arlene McAvenia 211 

Waldo Flint 212 

F. Roy MacKinnon 213 

Frederic W. Hopkins 214 

Frederic W. Hopkins 215 

Howard J. Billings 216 

Tauno Rasi . 217 

Harry E. Fannon 218 

Mrs. Prindle 219 

Mrs. Prindle 220 

Thomas Conquest 221 

Benjamin A. King 222 

J^mes Murgatroyd 223 

John J. Duggan 224 

Philip Newell 225 

Medville L. Clark 226 

John A. Kelley 227 

Ethel L. Todd 228 



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Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Ethel L. Todd 


229 


George R. McGovern 


268 


Ethel L. Todd 


230 


George R. McGovern 


269 


Ethel L. Todd 


231 


Glenn C. Gould 


270 


Ethel L. Todd 


232 


L. J. LaCourse 


271 


Ethel L. Todd 


233 


Arthur E. Davis 


272 


Arthur J. Conquest 


234 


Cyrus J. Downey 


273 


Arthur J. Conquest 


235 


Benjamin Rice 


274 


Arthur D. Raymond 


236 


Albert W. Durkee 


275 


Harold Nicola 


237 


J( hn Enneguess 


276 


Mrs. Mary Johnston 


238 


C. R. Fenton 


277 


Woodbury Stevens 


239 


C R. Fenton 


278 


Margaret Hickey 


240 


C. R. Fenton 


279 


Eraser Laffin 


241 


James P. Edney 


280 


James E. Barsi 


242 


George C. Penney 


281 


Benjamin Bancroft , 


243 


John C. Howard 


282 


Clesson Bancroft 


244 


Samuel L. Freeman 


283 


Walter Ballard 


245 


Rachael Haynes 


284 


J. Harry Conquest 


246 


William Harper 


285 


WiUiam E. King 


247 


William Harper 


286 


Leslie G. Elmes 


248 


William P. Cameron 


287 


Olivia Wood 


249 


Arthur McKelvie 


288 


Mrs. Chester Jordan, Ji 


-.250 


Lillian Curley 


289 


John F. Coughlin 


251 


George Ryan 


291 


E. W. Denton 


252 


William Wehrt 


292 


Ruth Foster 


253 


Daniel J. Shea 


293 


Domenic Marini 


254 


Maynard Harris 


294 


Rose Marie DiDuca 


255 


F. S. Justice 


295 


Eileen Rolfe 


256 


John T. McNiff 


296 


Howard Staples 


257 


Michael Travers 


297 


Alden Flagg, Sr. 


258 


Michael Travers 


298 


Robert H. White 


259 


Homer Feltus 


299 


Charles W. Spencer 


260 


Charles H. Liebfried 


300 


Arthur Conquest 


261 


Elwin Hollowell 


301 


Elizabeth A. Duggan 


262 


Norman Hollowell 


302 


M. A. Thompson 


263 


Paul Post 


303 


Charles Galluzzo 


264 


Allen G. Moody 


304 


Walter N. Stevenson 


265 


Charles MacRae 


305 


Ralph Littlefield 


266 


David A. Barry 


306 


Ralph Littlefield 


267 


David A. Barry 


307 



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Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Elliot G. Parks 


30S 


R. D. MacLeojd 


324 


Thomas F. Kiley 


309 


Ray L. Harris 


325 


W. W. Smith 


310 


Florence Rooney 


326 


Daniel Sweeney 


311 


James W. Baker 


327 


Harry V. Scribner 


312 


Eva Hampson 


328 


Frank Taylor 


313 


Harold Merry 


329 


Harry F. Warner 


314 


L. A. Sebastian 


330 


Antonia Benere 


315 


Thomas Navin 


331 


Raymond C. Stinson 


316 


Mrs. Jean Davis 


332 


John H. Duston 


317 


Ernest Simpson 


333 


William R. McNulty 


318 


Richard C. Sisson 


334 


Marcia McCabe 


319 


Kennels 




John Crighton 


320 






A. C. Gravlin 


321 


Edith V. Davis 


xl05 


A. Perry Marble 


322 


Lawrence Donnelly 


xlOO 


A. Ferry Marble 


323 


Arthur Eraser 


xl06 



288 licenses at $2.00 $576.00 

42 licenses at $5.00 210.00 

1 license at $10.00 10.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 

1 license at $50.00 50.00 

4 Free licenses (Military) 

$871.00 

Deduct fees— 333 licenses at 20c 86.60 

Paid to Town Treasurer $804.00 



60 



NOTICE 



All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1947. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers 
thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 
No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 

HARLAN E. TUTTLE 

Town Clerk 



61 
REVISED JURY LIST — 1946 



Precinct I 



Herbert L. Leusher, 84 Woodlawn Lane— machinist 

R. Almont Lawton, 60 Great Rd.— woodworker 

Orson K. Miller, 92 Nagog Hill Road— real estate 

Fred V. Richards, 11 Hosmer St. — milkman 

E. Clayton Steeves, 49 Taylor Rd.— clerk 

J. Henry Engman, 54 Great Rd. — dairy 

Roland 0. Livermore, 505 Main St. — trucking 

John M. Whittier, 582 Main St. 

W. Arthur Rayner, 107 Great Rd. — retired 

George C. Best, 438 Main St.— farmer 

Precinct II 

Harold C. White, 38 Main St.— pipe fitter 
Chester A. Spinney, 101 Main St. — job master 
Lossie E. Laird, 22 Fletcher Ct. — mechanic 
Harold G. Nicola, 86 Concord St. — farmer 
Albert S. Braman, 11 Chadwick St. — truck driver 
Hugh C. Hodgen, 66 Liberty St. — farmer 
Theron A. Lowden, 172 Main St. — insurance agent 
Alfred W. Davis, Jr., 285 School St. — bookkeeper 
Herbert W. Merriam, 61 Maple St. — superintendent 
Laurence A. Winslow, 187 Main St. — machinist 

Precinct III 

George A. Rifford, 186 Central St. — salesman 
Joseph F. Redfern, 220 Central St. — laundryman 
Harry E. Fannon, 249 Central St. — salesman 
George Roe, 280 Arlington St. — barber 
Raymond A. Gallant, 244 Central St. — insurance 
Ernest E. Allsopp, 88 Summer St. — clerk 
Frederick T. Bird, 284 Central St.— welder 
Homer C. Feltus, 160 Central St. — setup man 
Edward N. Hurley, 21 Kinsley Rd. — electrician 
Edward L. Pendergast, 76 Willow St. — guard 



62 
ZONING BY-LAV^S AND BUILDING BY-LAWS 



A public hearing on the Zoning By-Laws and Building 
By-Laws was held on May 13, 1946 as required by law and 
these by-laws will be considered at the Annual Town Meeting, 
March 10, 1947. A copy of the proposed by-laws is sub- 
mitted as follows: 



ZONING BY-LAW OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 

This zoning by-law is for the purpose of promoting in 
the Town of Acton the health, safety, morals, convenience 
and welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the dangers from 
fire, congestion and confusion, to maintain and improve prop- 
erty values and to encourage the most appropriate use of 
land in the Town. 

Section I — Districts 

1. Classes of Districts. For the purposes of this by-law 
the Town of Acton is hereby divided into the following four 
classes of districts : 

a. Residence A 

b. Residence B 

c. Business 

d. Industrial 

Said districts are defined and bounded on the map which 
accompanies this by-law, entitled "Zoning Map of the Town 
of Acton" dated March 1, 1946, and filed in the office of the 
Town Clerk, which map, with the notations thereon, is hereby 
made a part of this by-law. In the event of any difference 
between scaled distance upon said miap and distance as 
indicated by figures thereon, said figures shall govern. 

2. Lots in Two Districts. When a district boundary 
lire divides a lot in a single or joint ownership of record at 
the time such Hne is adopted, the regulations for the less 
restricted portion of such lot shall extend not more than 
thirty feet into the more restricted portion, provided the 
lot has frontage on a street in the less restricted district. 



63 
Section II — Residence A District 

In a Residence A District no building or premises shall 
be erected, altered or used for any purpose except: 

1. Detached one family dwelling 

2. Church 

3. Farm (agricultural), including the sale of farm prod- 
ucts, the major portion of which are grown on the premises 
but excluding any farming use injurious, noxious, or offensive 
to the neighborhood. 

4. Buildings or premises for municipal recreational or 
educational use. 

5. Signs and bulletin boards: 

a. Pertaining to the lease, sale or use of a lot or 
building on which placed and not exceeding a total 
area of 12 square feet. 

b. Incidental to the permitted use of the lot or build- 
ing on which placed and not exceeding a total area 
of 12 square feet, provided, however, that the 
Board of Appeals may authorize larger signs for 
such purpose not exceeding a total area of 16 
square feet. 

6. Any existing single residence of 8 rooms or more 
which the owner finds has become uneconomical to maintain 
as such, may be changed into a two-family residence. 

7. Accessory use on the same lot with, and customarily 
incident to, any of the above permitted uses, if not detrimental 
to the neighborhood, including the use of a room or rooms in 
a dwelling as an office or studio by a physician, dentist, 
lawyer, music teacher, hairdresser or similar professional 
person resident in the dwelling; provided, however, that the 
term ''accessory use" shall not include: 

a. The renting of rooms to more than 5 persons 

b. Furnishing table board to more than 5 persons 

c. Garage for more than 4 private automobiles 



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d. Garage for more than 1 commercial vehicle (the 
term "commercial vehicle" shall not include farm 
and municipal vehicles) 

8. Any of the following uses, upon the approval thereof 
by the Board of Appeals: 

a. Cemetery 

b. Garage for more than 4 automobiles 

c. Garage for more than 1 commercial vehicle, but 
only when all the commercial vehicles are kept 
thereon as a strictly accessory use 

d. Greenhouse or nursery 

e. Club, tea room or tourist home 

f. Premises for raising or keeping more than three 
hundred poultry 

g. Riding stable 
h. Stone quarry 

i. Removal of soil, loam, sod, or gravel 

j. Hospital, convalescent home or sanitarium 

k. Telephone exchange building, railroad stations. 

transformer stations, power plants, water pumping 

stations and reservoirs 
1. Educational or philanthropic institutions 
m. Ice harvest or ice storage or both 

Section III — Residence B District 

In a Residence B District no building shall be erected, 
altered or used for any purpose except: 

1. Any use permitted in Residence A District 

2. Two-family dwellings 

3. DwelHngs for three or miore families, including apart- 
ment houses, if authorized by the Board of Appeals. 

Section IV — Business District 

In a Business District no building or premises shall be 
erected, altered or used for any purpose injurious, noxious 
or offensive to a neighborhood by reason of odor, fumes, 



05 

dust, smoke, vibration, noise or other cause, nor for any 
purpose except: 

1. Any use permitted in a Residence A or B District 

2. Bank or office 

3. Hotel or lodging house 

4. Place of amusement or assembly 

5. Restaurant 

6. Newspaper or job printing 

7. Retail business, service or public utility, not involving 
manufacture on the premises except of products the major 
portion of which are to be sold on the premises to the ultimate 
consumers theieof and further provided that not more than 
four operatives shall be employed in such manufacture. 

8. Signs advertising goods or services offered by an 
occupant of the premises for sale, for hire, or use. 

9. Any of the following uses, upon the approval thereof 
by the Board of Appeals: 

a. Filling station, garage or storage of private auto- 
mobiles or commercial vehicles or both 

b. Overnight or trailer camps 

c. Kennels 

Section V — Industrial District 

In an Industrial District no building or premises shall be 
erected, altered or used except for manufacturing not in- 
jurious, noxious or offensive to a neighborhood by reason of 
the emission of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, industrial 
waste, noise or other cause, or for all uses permitted in 
Sections II, III, IV, hereof. 

Section VI — Non-Conforming Uses 

1. Continuing of Non-Conforming Uses. Any lawful 
building or use of a building or premises or part thereof 
existing at the time this by-law or any amendment thereto 
is adopted may be continued, although such building or use 



66 

does not conform to the Drovisiors thereof, and such building 
or use may be extended, upon the approval thereof by the 
Board of Appeals, throughout the premises, provided such 
use has not previously been discontinued for a period of one 
year or more. 

2. Change of Non-Conforming Uses. The Board of 
Appeals may permit any non-conforming use to be changed 
to any specified use not in its opinion more detrimental or 
objectionable to a neighborhood. 

3. Limitation on Restoration. No non-conforming build- 
ing which has been damaged by fire or other cause to the 
extent of more than 80 ^r of its assessed valuation shall be 
repaired or rebuilt except in conformity with this bj^-law 
unless the Board of Appeals so authorizes. 

4. Temporary Uses. The Board of Appeals may permit 
a non-conforming temporary building or use incidental to the 
development of a neighborhood, such permit to be issued for an 
initial period of not more than two years and for renewal 
periods of not more than one year each. 

Section VII — Area Regulations 

1. Lot Size and Frontage. In a Residence District no 
building except a one-story building of accessory use shall 
be erected upon a lot having less than the following area 
and street frontage : 

Frontage Area 

Residence A District 150 ft. 40,000 Sq. Ft. 

Residence B District 75 ft. 7,500 Sq. Ft. 

provided that one building and its buildings of accessory 
use, may be erected on any lot which, at the time this by-law 
is adopted, is in single or joint ownership of record. 

2. Front Yards. In a Residence District, no building or 
other structure shall extend nearer than thirty feet to a 
street line. In a Business or Industrial District no building 
or other structure shall extend nearer than fifteen feet to a 
street line. Where existing buildings in any District have 
established a set-back line less than permitted above, the 



67 

Board of Appeals may pe:mit a new structure to be erected 
in conformity with the line as so established. 

3. Side and Rear Yards. In a Residence District no 
building except a one-story building of accessory use shall 
extend nearer than fiftean feet to a side lot line, or nearer 
than thirty feet to a rear lot line or nearer than twenty feet 
to another building. In a Residence District, no one-story 
building of accessory use shall extend nearer than six feet 
to a lot line or to another building unless one of said buildings 
has a fireproof or fire-resistant wall on the adjacent side. In 
a Business or Industrial District, no building other than a 
fireproof building shall extend nearer than ten feet to a lot 
line or to another building, unless the wall of said building 
facing such lot line or other building shall be constructed of 
or covered with a fireproof or fire resistant material. 

4. Appurtenant Open Space. No yard or other open 
space required for a building by this by-law shall during the 
existence of such building be occupied by or counted as open 
space for another building. 

5. Corner Clearance. Within the area formed by the 
lines of intersecting streets and a hre joining points on such 
lines fifteen feet distant from their point of intersection, or 
in the case of a rounded corner the point of intersection of 
their tangents, no structure other than a building and no 
foliage shall be maintained between a height three and one- 
half feet and a height eight feet above the plane through the 
curb grades of such streets. 

6. Projections. Nothing herein shall prevent the pro- 
jection of steps, unroofed porches, cornices, window sills, belt 
courses and other ornamental features into any required yard. 

Section VIII — Height Regulations 

1. Residence District Heights. In a Residence District 
no building shall be erected or altered to exceed two and one- 
half stories in height unless it sets back from every street 
and lot line ten feet in addition to the requirements of Section 
VII. No building shall exceed three stories in height. Flat 
roofs shall be permitted only on single family dwellings not 
exceeding two stories in height. 



68 

2. Business and Industrial District Heights. In a Busi- 
ness or Industrial District no building hereafter erected or 
altered shall exceed three stories or forty feet in height. 

3. Measurement of Height. A habitable basement, hav- 
ing half or more of its height above the ground, or an attic shall 
be counted as a story, provided that a story with a sloping 
roof, the area of which story at a height of four feet above 
the floor does not exceed two-thirds the floor area of the story 
immediately below it, shall be counted a half-story. 

The height of a building abutting on a street shall be 
measured from the mean curb grade of all the streets on 
which it abuts, and, if not abutting on a street, from the 
mean ground level along the side of the building which the 
authority granting the permit decides to be its principal 
front, to the mean height of that portion of the roof above 
the highest floor. 

4. Height Exceptions. Chimneys, elevators, poles, spires, 
tanks and other projections not used for human occupancy 
may extend above the height limits herein fixed. 

Section IX — Administration 

1. Enforcement. The provisions of this by-law shall be 
enforced by the inspector of construction of the Town (here- 
inafter called "the inspector"). He shall issue a permit for 
the erection or alteration of any building, the intended use 
and characteristics of which are in all respects in conformity 
with the provisions of this by-law and all other by-laws of the 
Town. With each application to build, add to or alter a building 
there shall be filed with the inspector a plan showing the 
lot upon which the building is to be or is located, the area 
and location of which comply with the requirements hereof, 
and the boundaries of each open space appurtenant thereto, in 
sufficient detail to enable the inspector to determine the legal- 
ity hereunder of the proposed building, addition or alteration. 
A statement of intended use shall be filed with the applica- 
tion for a permit. 

2. Certification of Occupancy. No premises, and no 
building or part thereof, hereafter erected or altered wholly 
or partly in use or structure or the open spaces pertaining 



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to which are in any way reduced, shall be used until the 
inspector shall have certified on the building permit or, in 
case no permit is issued, shall have issued a certificate of 
occupancy, specifying the use to which the premises, or the 
building may be put upon being sufficiently completed to 
comply with all provisions hereof and other law's relating 
thereto. 

3. Board of Appeals. Within thirty days after the adop- 
tion of this by-law, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint a 
Board of Appeals of five members for terms of such length 
and so arranged that one appointment shall expire each year, 
and two associate members appointed in like manner, which 
shall act on all matters within its jurisdiction under this 
by-law in the manner prescribed in Section 30 of Chapter 40 
of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.), as amended, and under 
other by-laws of the Town in the manner prescribed by such 
rules and regulations as it may adopt, subject always to the 
rule that it shall give due consideration to promoting the 
health, safety, morals, convenience and welfare of the inhabi- 
tants of the Town, to lessening the dangers of fire and con- 
gestion, to improving property values and to encouraging the 
most appropriate use of land in the Town. 

4. Other Regulations. Nothing in this by-law shall be 
construed as repeahng or modifying any existing Town by-law, 
rule, regulation, or permit, but shall be in addition thereto. 

5. Validity. The invalidity of any section or provision 
of this by-law shall not invalidate any other section or pro- 
vision thereof not manifestly inseparable therefrom. 



BUILDING BY-LAWS OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 

Section 1. Inspector and Deputy Inspectors. 

An inspector of construction, hereinafter called **the in- 
spector", shall be appointed annually by the Board of Se- 
lectmen for a term of one (1) year or until his successor is 
appointed, and shall be subject to removal at any time by 
such Board. One or more deputy inspectors may be appointed 
at any time by such Board. Neither the inspector nor any 



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deputy inspector shall inspect any construction in which he 
has any personal, professional or financial interest. 

The term "inspector" as used herein shall wherever the 
context so admits be deemed to include a deputy inspector. 

Section 2. Definitions. 

The terms set out below as used in these building by-laws 
shall have the following meanings : 

(a) ''Multiple family house", any building or part 
thereof which is occupied or intended, arranged or designed 
to be occup:*ed as the home of more than two families living 
independently of each other (a family may consist of one or 
m.ore persons). 

(b) 'Tublic building", any building or part thereof used 
as a public or private institution, schoolhouse, church, theatre, 
special hall, public hall, miscellaneous hall, place of assembly 
or place of public resort, all as defined in Chapter 143 of the 
General Laws (Ter. Ed.) of The Commonwealth of Massa- 
chusetts, as amended. 

(c) ''Business establishmient", any building or part 
thereof used for any industrial, manufacturing, mercantile, 
financial or hotel operations or wholesale or retail business 
or service of any nature, excluding however any such building 
a major portion of which is used and occupied as a dwelling. 

(d) "Temporary structure", any temporary structure 
to be used for purposes of assembly, including platforms, 
stands, observation or circus seats and tents. 

Section 3. Permits. 

(a) Issuance and Denial. No multiple family house, 
public buildin.Q-, business establishment or temporary struc- 
ture wholly or in part within the limits of the town shall be 
erected, moved, structurally added to or altered in any way 
until the inspector shall have issued a permit therefor. No 
such permit shall be issued by the inspector until a written 
application upon a form furnished by the inspector therefor 
and reasonably complete plans and specifications or a detailed 



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description of the proposed work, in duplicate, shall have 
been filed with the inspector at least seven (7) days before 
such work is to be commenced. If the information furnished 
on such application and the plans and specifications or de- 
scription shall be found by the inspector to be in accord with 
accepted standards of engineering practice and in complianoa 
with all requirements of the laws of the Town and of The 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts he shall issue promptly the 
permit so applied for. If the inspector denies an application 
for such a permit he shall notify the applicant promptly in 
writing of his reasons for such denial. It shall be unlawful 
for any person to use or occupy any building or structure in 
connection with which a permit is hereby required unless and 
until the inspector has issued such permit and has finally 
approved all work done thereunder and has certified in writing 
that such building or structure is, in his opinion, suitable for 
use and occupancy. 

(b) Appeal from Denial. Any applicant aggrieved by 
the denial of an application for a permit or approval of the 
inspector as herein required or by restrictions or conditions 
imposed by the inspector upon the exercise of any permit 
issued by him may appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals in 
the manner provided by the rules of such Board. 

(c) Period of Permit. Any permit shall be void unless 
operations thereunder are commenced within six (6) months 
after the date of the permit, or if operations thereunder are 
discontinued for a period of more than six (6) months. The 
permit shall specify at what stages of the operations there- 
under the inspector shall be notified that the work is ready 
for inspection and no further work shall be done thereunder 
until such inspection has been made and such work has been 
approved by the inspector. Upon receipt of such notice the 
inspector shall promptly make such inspection as he may 
deem necessary. 

(d) Fees. For each permit issued by the inspector a 
fee of Ten (10) Dollars shall be paid upon the issuance thereof 
and before such permit shall be effective. 

Section 4. Structures for which Permits are necessary. 

Provisions of these by-laws shall apply only to multiple 
family houses, business establishments, public buildings and 



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temporary structures hereafter erected, moved, structurally 
added to or altered and shall not apply to buildings or struc- 
tures owned by the United States or by The Commonwealth 
of Massachusetts. 

Section 5. Enforcement. 

(a) Powers and Duties of Inspector. The inspector shall 
see that the provisions of these by-laws and, except as other- 
wise provided, those of the statutes of The Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts relating to multiple family houses, public 
buildings, business estabhshments and temporary structures 
are strictly observed; and to that end, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, he shall have authority to institute 
any proceedings for the purpose of enforcing or preventing 
violations of the provisions thereof or enjoining the mainte- 
nance of any building or structure erected contrary thereto. 
The inspector shall inspect every building and structure in 
connection with which a permit is hereby required as often 
as necessary and also whenever requested by any person in 
interest. The inspector shall keep on file all applications for 
permits and one copy of all plans and specifications or de- 
scriptions submitted. No oversight nor neglect of duty on the 
part of the inspector shall legalize the erection, moving, struc- 
turally adding to or altering of any building or structure in 
conne2tion with which a permit is hereby required in a manner 
not in conformity with the provisions of these building 
by-laws. 

(b) General Inspection. The inspector shall have the 
right at reasonable times, in the performance of his duties, to 
enter, examine and inspect any premises, building or other 
structure within the town. 

(c) Vialaticns and Generalities. If any person violates 
any of the requirements of these building by-laws or any 
amendment thereof or of any permit issued hereunder he 
shall, except where otherwise provided by statute, be liable 
to a penalty not exceeding Twenty-five (25) Dollars for each 
violation thereof. The inspector, upon discovery of any such 
violation shall give notice thereof in writing to such person 
or to the owner of the premises where such violation occurs, 



and may order such person or owner to remove any part of a 
structure erected in violation thereof or to do such other acts 
as may be necessary in order to comply with the requirements 
of these building by-laws and of such permit. If after such 
^notice such person or owner continues such violation or fails 
to obey such removal order of the inspector, the inspector 
may revoke the permit for the work in connection with which 
such violation occurred. It shall thereupon become unlawful 
for the owner or contractor to proceed with such work or to 
use or occupy said building in any way. 

Section 6. Board of Appeal. 

(a) Interest of Members. No member of the Zoning 
Board of Appeals, hereinafter called "the Board", shall act 
in any case in which he shall be interested personally, pro- 
fessionally or financially. 

(b) Decisions. Every decision of the Board in respect 
to any appeal under the provisions of these building by-laws 
shall be in writing and shall require the assent of at least 
three (3) members and shall be permanently filed forthwith 
in the files of the inspector. The Board shall make such rules 
and regulations in regard to appeal to it as it may deem 
desirable. Any member of the Board, so far as may be 
necessary for the performance of his duties, shall have the 
right at reasonable times to enter into any building or upon 
any premises in the Town. If a decision of the Board shall 
reverse or modify any prior ruling of the inspector, the in- 
spector shall forthwith take such steps as may be necessary 
for compliance with such decision. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT — 1946 



Tax assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land . . . $2,594,655.00 

Land 635,225.00 

Personal 486,910.00 

$3,716,790.00 

Valuation January 1, 1945 3,646,650.00 

Increase in valuation 70,140.00 

Rate of Taxation, $36.00 

Real Estate $ 116,275.68 

Personal Estate 17,528.76 

Polls 1,406.00 

$ 135,210.44 

Amount of money raised: 

State Tax $ 3,250.00 

State Parks Tax 128.89 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 575.56 

County Tax 6,415.61 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assessment 715.10 

Town Grant 121,602.78 

Overlay 2,522.50 

$ 135,210.44 

Added Assessments: 

Polls $178.00 

Real Estate 324.00 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Number of Vehicles assessed, 1253 
Total Value of Motor Vehicles and 

Trailers $ 171,239.00 

Rate of Excise, $35.40 

Total Excise $ 5,173.32 

Added Excise of 1945 112.64 

ALBERT P. DURKEE 
CARL C. FLINT 
JAMES W. BAKER 

Board of Assessors. 



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REPORT OF TAX COLLECTOR 



1944 TOWN TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 6,167.44 

Interest 384.52 

$ 6,551.96 

Paid Treasurer $ 6,290.30 

Tax Titles 261.66 



$ 6,551.96 



1945 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 17,813.22 

Interest 315.23 



$ 18,128.45 



Paid Treasurer $ 12,270.79 

Abated 136.02 

Tax Titles 295.48 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 5,426.16 



$ 18,128.45 

1946 TOWN TAX 

Committed $116,599.68 

Added 19.13 

Interest 27.62 



$116,646.43 



Paid Treasurer $ 98,323.42 

Abated 270.00 

Tax Titles 352.80 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 17,700.21 



$116,646.43 



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1944 PERSONAL TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 539.82 

Interest 34.09 

$ 573.91 

Paid Treasurer 567.29 

Abated 6.62 



$ 573.91 



1945 PERSONAL TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 1,877.30 

Interest 39.85 

$ 1,917.15 

Paid Treasurer $ 1,423.11 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 494.04 



$ 1,917.15 



1946 PERSONAL TAX 



Committed $ 17,528.76 

Interest 1.03 

$ 17,529.79 

Paid Treasurer $ 15,362.41 

Abated 21.60 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 2,145.78 



$ 17,529.79 



1944 POLL TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 24.00 

Interest 1.49 

Cost 1.75 



27.24 



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Paid Treasurer $ 25.24 

Abated 2.00 



$ 27.24 



1945 POLL TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 180.00 

Interest 2.08 

Cost 5.95 

$ 188.03 

Paid Treasurer $ 100.03 

Abated 14.00 

Uncollected Jan. 1. 1947 74.00 



$ 188.03 

1946 POLL TAX 

Committed $ 2,016.00 

$ 2,016.00 

Paid Treasurer $ 1,136.00 

Abated 190.00 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 690.00 



$ 2,016.00 



1944 EXCISE TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1946 $ 123.63 

Interest 10.85 

$ 134.48 

Paid Treasurer $ 125.07 

Abated 9.41 

$ 134.48 







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1945 EXCISE TAX 






Uncollected Jan. 


1, 1946 . 




$ 


721.97 


Added 








09 


Committed Jan., 


, 1946 . . . 






112.64 


Interest 








10.66 














$ 


845.36 


Paid Treasurer 






$ 


661.99 


Uncollected Jan. 


1, 1947 . . 







183.37 



$ 845.36 



1946 EXCISE TAX 



Committed $ 5,173.32 

Interest 1.16 



$ 5,174.48 



Paid Treasurer $ 4,266.20 

Abated 23.60 

Uncollected 884.68 



$ 5,174.48 



SUMMARY OF COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

Total Debits 

1944 Town Tax $ 6.551.96 

1945 Town Tax 18,128.45 

1946 Town Tax 116,646.43 

1944 Personal Tax 573.91 

1945 Personal Tax 1,917.15 

1946 Personal Tax 17,529.79 

1944 Poll Tax 27.24 

1945 Poll Tax 188.03 

1946 Poll Tax 2,016.00 

1944 Excise Tax 134.48 



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1945 Excise Tax 845.36 

1946 Excise Tax 5,174.48 



$169,733.28 

Total Credits 

Paid Treasurer $140,551.85 

Abated 673.25 

Tax Titles 909.94 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 27,598.24 

$169,733.28 

CARRIE M. DURKEE 

Collector of Taxes 



REPORT OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the Treasurer for 
three hundred and twenty-five dollars ($325.00) for the year 
ending December 31, 1946. 

The orders have been given after careful investigation 
with knowledge that each person is worthy of help from 
this trust fund. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB 
CLARA L. SAWYER 
GRACE 0. LEARS 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1946 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, 
Acton, Massachusetts : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1946. 
Cash Balance January 1, 1946 $107,940.10 

Receipts for 1946: 

Received from State Treasurer 

Old Age Assistance, Federal $15,003.88 

Old Age Assistance 15,476.39 

Highways 9,978.01 

Aid to Dependent Children, Federal . 455.99 

Highways, Chapter 719 5,481.65 

Income Tax 19,502.50 

Corporation Tax Business 16,240.65 

Meal Tax 1,211.18 

Veterans' Aid 120.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 928.61 

Reim. — Loss on Taxes 615.96 

Vocational Education 11.30 

Tuition 63.84 

Transportation 18.50 

Temporary Aid 129.50 

$85,237.96 

Received from County Treasurer 

Dog Account, Refund $ 706.49 

Dog Officer, Refund 168.00 

Highways 999.70 

$1,874.19 

Received from Carrie M. Durkee, 
Collector of Taxes 

Poll, 1944 $ 22.00 

Excise Taxes, 1944 114.22 

Personal Taxes, 1944 533.20 



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Real Estate Taxes, 1944 5,905.78 

Poll Taxes, 1945 92.00 

Excise Taxes, 1945 651.33 

Personal Taxes, 1945 1,383.26 

Real Estate Taxes, 1945 11,955.56 

Poll Taxes, 1946 1,136.00 

Excise Taxes, 1946 4,265.04 

Personal Taxes, 1946 15,361.38 

Real Estate Taxes, 1946 98,295.80 

Interest 828.58 

Costs 7.70 

$140,551.85 

Miscellaneous Receipts 

Dewej^ Boatman, License $ 400.00 

Village Package Store, License 400.00 

Town of Ashland, Old Are Assist 164.67 

Horace F. Tuttle, Lot Sold, Woodlawn . 10.00 

Wm. T. Merriam, Perp. Care, F. Merriam 100.00 

Gladys Hall, Perp. Care, E. L. Hall .... 100.00 

Gladys W. Bean, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Est. N. H. Tenney, Perp. Care, Lot 200.00 

Pearl Hoslin, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Frank E. Balsor, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

R. S. Christie, Perp. Care, S. A. Christie 100.00 

Fred S. Mead, Perp. Care, Lot 200.00 

Mable Crampton, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

L. LeRoy Strong, Perp. Care. Lot 100.00 

Stephan & Florence Abbot, Perp. Care, 

Lot 100.00 

John H. Littlefield, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Albert Grimes, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Ralph E. Gates, Perp. Care, Lot 125.00 

Ralph E. Gates, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

James Fitzgerald, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

John S. Hoar, Perp. Care, Lot 75.00 

Fred H. Albee, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

S. T. Fletcher, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Est. John S. White, Perp. Care, Lot 100.00 

Town of Acton, Withholding Taxes . . . 7,753.71 

Town of Acton, Blue Cross 263.15 



Town of Acton, Teachers' Retirement . . 2,111.93 

Town of Acton, MachV Account 864.20 

Board of Selectmen, Licenses 75.00 

Board cf Selectmen, Miscellaneous .... 7.25 

Concord Dist. Court, Fines 82.00 

Mary Lothrop, Miscellaneous 12.33 

Mary Lothrop, Sale of Books 15.85 

Mary Lothrop, Library Fines 137.44 

Mary Lothrop, Lost Books 4.88 

Elwin H. Hollowell, Care Lots 205.50 

Elwin H. Hollowell, Foundations 46.15 

Fred Kennedy, Care Lots 286.00 

Fred Kennedy, Burials 547.00 

Fred Kennedy, Low'g Device 45.00 

Fred Kennedy, Miscellaneous 28.00 

Fred Kenendy, Sale of Lots 210.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Dog Licenses 761.20 

Board of Health, Nurse Services 131.75 

Board of Health, Licenses 56.00 

Board of Health,. Damage to Gate 6.00 

Board of Health, Cabin License 3.00 

Harry Holt, Rent of Hall 1,770.00 

Harry Holt, Grange Rent 52.00 

City of Somerville, Old Age Assist. . . . 135.15 

Edward Estabrook, Sealer of Weights . 71.47 

N.Y.N.H. Railroad, Fires 103.50 

School Dep't, Book Fines 28.94 

School Dep't, Telephone calls 6.20 

School Dep't, Ind. Arts 33.34 

School Dep't, Miscellaneous 4.94 

Harcourt Brace & Co., Schools 2.32 

Boston & Maine R.R., Fires 185.75 

Boston & Maine R.R., Snow Removal . . . 99.00 

Boston Edison Co., St. Lights 151.04 

Boston Con. Gas Co., Damages 125.00 

Town of Boxboro, School Tuition 1,463.61 

Town of Wrentham, Old Age Assist. . . . 180.50 

Town of Ashland, Old Age Assist 81.07 

Town of Marblehead, Old Age Assist. . . 77.70 

So. Acton Fire Co., Acton Fire. Fund . . 75.00 

West Acton Fire Co., Acton Fire. Fund 80.00 



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Center Fire Co., Acton Fire. Fund 75.00 

Town of Maynard, Old Age Assist 103.03 

Town of Concord, Old Age Assist 23.79 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 28.42 

City of Boston, Schools 130.62 

City of Boston, Welfare 211.05 

Town of Westford, Schools 407.22 

City of Lowell, Old Age Assist 61.86 

Carrie M. Durkee, Liens 52.00 

Michael Foley, Revolver Permits 12.50 

John R. Fisher, Slaughter License .... 100.00 

L Franklin Lovering, Tax Title 60.20 

L Franklin Lovering, Interest 3.59 

Town of Stow, Mach'y Account 136.25 

Police Dep't Car Ins. Refund 2.05 

Cancelled Checks 30.80 

Cemetery Surplus, Transfer 600.00 

Wilde Memorial Library, Transfer 299.81 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund, Transfer . . . 50.00 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund, Transfer 25.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund, Transfer 25.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Transfer . . 1,813.44 

Cemetery Fund, Transfer 800.00 

Elizabeth White Fund Transfer 325.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Arlington 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . . 60.00 

Athol Savings, Interest 60.00 

Franklin Savings, Interest 60.00 

Worcester North Savings, Interest .... 60.00 

Lynn 5 Cent Savings, Interest 50.00 

Springfield Savings, Interest 60.00 

Leominster Savings, Interest 45.00 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest . . . 60.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 64.76 

Cambridge Savings, Interest 70.00 

Hudson Savings, Interest 100.00 

Waltham Savings, Interest 80.00 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 101.25 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest 60.00 

Andover Savings, Interest 80.00 



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Boston 5 Cent Savings, Interest 40.00 

Charlestcwn 5 Cent Savings, Interest . 100.00 

Home Savings, Interest 45.00 

Lexington Savings, Interest 80.00 

Farmer's & Mechanics, Interest 75.00 

Winchendon Savings, Interest 125.00 

Medford Savings, Interest 45.00 

Wildey Savings, Interest 37.50 

Cemetery Fund 

Athol Savings, Interest 21.00 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest 129.08 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 69.50 

Worcester North Savings, Interest .... 30.00 

Assabet Inst. Savings, Interest 4.50 

Assabet Inst. Savings. Interest 90.00 

Worcester 5 Cent Savings, Interest .... 30.00 

Hudson Savings, Interest 48.00 

Maynard Trust Co., Interest 32.28 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 56.25 

Goodnow Fund, Interest 20.00 

Boston 5 Cent Savings, Interest 40.00 

Warren Inst. Savings, Interest 44.00 

Suffolk Savings, Interest 45.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 5.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 6.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 30.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 15.00 

Home Savings, Interest 15.00 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Clinton Savings, Interest 54.78 

Central Savings, Interest 50.00 

Treasurer United States, Interest .... 13.75 

Elizabeth White Fund 

Athol Savings, Interest 40.00 

Amherst Savings, Interest 50.00 

Worcester North Savings, Interest . '. . . 15.00 

Hudson Savings, Interest 12.80 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Lawrence Savings, Interest 40.00 



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Worcester 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . . 40.00 

Waltham Savings, Interest 40.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 40.00 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 45.00 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Andover Savings, Interest 40.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 40.00 

Lowell Savings, Interest 15.00 

Wilde Memorial Library 

West Shore R. R. Bond, Interest 40.00 

Massachusetts Savings, Interest 15.00 

Cambridge Savings, Interest 6.72 

City Inst. Savings, Interest 15.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 20.00 

Warren Inst. Savings, Interest 40.00 

Home Savings, Interest 15.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 60.00 

Clinton Savings, Interest 22.50 

Lowell Inst. Savings, Interest 15.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Assabet Inst. Savings, Interest 38.60 

Hudson Savings, Interest 50.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 40.00 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 67.50 

Lexington Savings, Interest 40.00 

Acton High School Library 

Clinton Savings, Interest 22.50 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 8.17 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 15.00 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 

Lexington Savings, Interest 7.00 



$30,454.61 



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Total Cash Receipts $258,118.61 

Cash Balance Jan. 1, 1946 107,940.10 

Sum Total for 1946 $366,058.71 

Payments for 1946: 

Selectmen's Orders $241,642.93 

State Taxes 781.79 

$242,424.72 

Cash Balance December 31, 1946 $123,633.99 

OUTSTANDING NOTES DECEMBER 31, 1946 

High School Addition Notes, 166-176, due 1947 to 

1957 $ 11,000.00 

SUSAN NOYES HOSMER FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 795.84 

$83,034.79 

Received Interest for 1946 1,579.28 

$84,614.07 
Balance December 31, 1946 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $ 82,800.63 

Transfer to Town Account 1,813.44 

$84,614.07 

CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $47,837.21 

Unexpended Balance 1,429.94 

$49,267.15 

Received for Perpetual Care 1946 2,200.00 

Received Interest for 1946 945.81 

$52,412.96 



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Balance December 31, 1946 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $49,612.96 

U. S. Savings Bonds Series G 2,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 800.00 



$52,412.96 



ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

PrinciiDal Fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 2,685.73 

$27,685.73 

Received Interest for 1946 570.01 

$28,255.74 

Balance December 31, 1946 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $27,930.74 

Paid Trustee's Orders 1946 325.00 

$28,255.74 

. .WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $15,931.83 

Unexpended Balance 437.17 

$16,369.00 

Received Interest for 1946 317.29 



$16,686.29 



Balance December 31, 1946 



Bank Balances in Savings Banks $16,386.48 

Transfer to Town Account 299.81 

$16,686.29 



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GEORGIA E. WHITNEY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance 594.31 

$14,668.01 

Received Interest for 1946 285.74 

$14,953.75 

Balance December 31, 1946 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $14,903.75 

Paid Trustee's Order 1946 50.75 

$14,953.75 

LUKE BLANCHAKD CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Balance $1,502.93 

Received Interest for 1946 25.63 

$1,528.56 

Balance December 31, 1946 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,503.56 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,528.56 

CEMETERY SURPLUS 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Balance $775.08 

Received Interest for 1946 H-^^ 

• $786.74 

Balance December 31, 1946 

Balance in Savings Bank $186.74 

Transfer to Town Account 600.00 

$786.74 



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WEST ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Balance $673.76 

Received Interest for 1946 13.53 

$687.29 
Balance December 31, 1946 
Balance in Savings Bank $687.29 

ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $3,075.00 

Unexpended Balance 327.75 

$3,402.75 

Received to Fund in 1946 

Company Salaries $ 230.00 

Interest for 1946 69.15 

299.15 

$3,701.90 
Balance December 31, 1946 

Balance in Savings Bank $3,676.90 

Paid Trustee's Order 1946 25.00 



$3,701.90 



HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 
Monument Perpetual Care 



Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $ 700.00 

Unexpended Balance 9.35 

$ 709.35 

Received Interest for 1946 14.25 



$ 723.60 
Balance December 31, 1946 
Balance in Savings Bank $ 723.60 



90 

ACTON HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 31.99 

$1,531.99 

Received Interest 1946 22.91 



$1,554.90 
Balance December 31, 1946 
Balance in Savings Bank $1,554.90 

HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1946 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Transfer from Cemetery Funds 800.00 

Unexpended Balance 85.90 

$1,585.90 

Received Interest 1946 29.85 

$1,615.75 

Balance December 31, 1946 
Balance in Savings Banks $1,615.75 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY CEMETERY FUND 

Principal Fund 1-1-46 

Transfer from Cemetery Funds $1,500.00 

Received Interest for 1946 15.00 

$1,515.00 
Balance December 31, 1946 
Balance in Savings Bank $1,515.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR 

Town Treasurer 



91 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton: 

I herewith submit my annual report covering the finan- 
cial transactions of the town for the year ended December 
31, 1946. 

You will find included in my report a detailed statement 
of the expenditures of each department and tabulated record 
showing appropriations, transfers and balances as of De- 
cember 1946. 

The surplus reve-nue at the end of the year is $120,038.67. 

The amount of maturing debt for the coming year is 
$1,000.00. 

I have audited the accounts of the Collector of Taxes 
and the Treasurer and have checked the various trust accounts 
in the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

HOWARD L. JONES 

Town Accountant 



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CASH RECEIPTS AND DEPARTMENTAL PAYMENTS 

Treasurer's Receipts 

Treasurer's Itemized Report $258,118.61 

Cash Balance Jan. 1, 1946 107,940.10 

$366,058.7 1 

Payments 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Selectmen's Dept. 

Salaries and Wages: 

Lawrence Donnelly 283.33 

Arthur W. Lee 200.00 

George S. Braman 216.67 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 899.64 

1,599.64 

Expenses : 

Middlesex County Selectmen's Ass'n 

Dues 9.00 

Postage 40.50 

Printing and Forms 35.87 

Advertising 27.00 

P. 0. Box Rent .60 

112.97 

Finance Committee 

Expenses : 

Reports 6.50 

Ass'n of Finance Committees Dues . 10.00 

Attending Meetings 9.25 

25.75 

Moderator 

Salary : 

Albert P. Durkee 25.00 

Town Accountant 

Salary : 

Howard L. Jones 650.00 



99 



Expenses : 

Books and Stationery 14.96 

Postage 1-36 

Telephones 2.35 



Treasurer 



Collector of Taxes 

Salaries : 

Carrie M. Durkee 1,250.00 

Carrie M. Durkee, paid for clerk ... 80.03 

Expenses: 

Postage 66.00 

Books and Stationery and Printing . 63.51 

Ass'n Dues 1.00 

Tax Title Expense 31.64 





Assessors 




Salaries : 






Albert P. Durkee . . . 




500.00 


Carl C. Flint 




500.00 


James W. Baker .... 




500.00 


Marjory Davis, clerk 




13.20 


Mrs. James W. Baker, 


Clerk 


61.33 



18.67 



Salary : 

William H. Soar 650.00 

Expenses : 

Postage 121.22 

Telephones 13.65 

Books and Stationery 58.95 

Ass'n Dues 1.00 

Recording 6.56 

Safety Deposit Box 6.00 

207.38 



1,330.0S 



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1,574.53 



100 



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Books, Stationery and Printing .... 68.34 

Ass'n Dues 6.00 

Notices of Transfers 26.74 

Attending Meetings 25.00 

Certified Copy 6.75 

Express .36 



Town Clerk 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Salary 350.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Recording Vital 

Statistics 120.00 



Expenses : 

Books, Printing and Stationery .... 48.04 

Ass'n Dues 3.00 

Attending Meetings 20.00 

Telephones 20.00 

Postage 18.00 

Transmitting Notices .50 



Election and Registration 

Salaries and Wages: 

James B. Wilson, registrar 100.00 

William B. Feeley, registrar 100.00 

Julia A. Barry, registrar 25.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle. clerk 50.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, listing 75.00 

Election Officers 324.00 

Posting Warrants 35.00 



Expenses : 

Printing 350.11 

Books 7.11 

Rent 36.00 



133.19 



470.00 



109.5- 



709.00 



393.22 



101 



Buildings and Grounds 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harry E. Holt, Custodian 1,010.00 

Harry E. Holt, care of grounds .... 512.55 

George Horton 1.00 

Fred Kennedy, care of common at 

West Acton 15.00 

Pay Roll, labor on buildings 149.28 

Expenses : 

Heat 588.49 

Lighting 216.79 

Telephone 51.81 

Painting Offices 145.00 

Refinish Town Clock ,. 75.00 

Plastering 146.26 

Wiring 168.00 

Door Check 24.05 

Boiler Inspection 5.00 

Ladder 26.22 

Oil 25.15 

Wax 22.50 

Sundry Repairs 100.89 

Sweeping Compound 28.05 

Towels 14.02 

Flags 16.28 

Water 15.54 

Cleaning Cess pool 30.00 

Repairing Mowers 35.75 

Sundry Items 14.89 



Protection of Persons and Property 

POLICE DEPARTMENT 

Salaries and Wages: 

Michael Foley, salary 1.800.00 

Michael Foley, bonus 300.00 

Special Officers 



1,687.83 



1,749.69 



2,100.00 
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Gas and Oil 231.87 

Repairs 137.10 

Telephones 106.24 

Uniforms / 99.50 

Insurance 14.25 

Frequency Meter 30.00 

Overhauling Generator 11.50 

Servicing Radio 115.35 

Lettering Cruiser 10.00 

Heater 25.25 

Seat Covers 23.00 

Prof. Services 3.00 

Signs 8.75 

Stationery and Printing 24.83 

Batteries 6.95 

Licenses .70 

Express .44 

Police Cruiser 

Coughlin's Garage 

Painting Traffic Lines 

Salaries and Wages: 

Pay rolls, labor 78.75 

Expenses : 

Truck 7.37 

Paint Brushes 4.00 

Gasoline 2.00 

Express .88 

Paint 7.00 



848.73 



550.00 



lOO.OU 



FIRE DEPARTMENT 

Salaries and Wages: 

Annual salaries 

Wages for fires 

Wages for janitors 



468.75 
705.50 
360.00 



1,534.25 



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Expenses : 

Heat 454.65 

Lighting 163.71 

Telephones 92.39 

Gas and oil 77.93 

Oxygen 12.50 

New hose 49.00 

Changing fire alarm system 39.85 

Towel service 13.00 

Repairing buildings 88.64 

Repairing Equipment 80.47 

Electric wiring 43.74 

Hydrant 14.99 

Water 36.00 

Installing rotary pump, suction hose, 

etc 229.75 

Checking fire alarm system 36.46 

0. C. D. equipment 25.00 

Printing 28.62 

New curtains 31.50 

Foam charges 49.00 

Batteries 55.95 

Fire gun adapters 22.27 

Extinguishers 8.98 

Hose assays 27.41 

Pumper 20.44 

Chain 6.00 

Towels 5.50 

Sundry Items 31.85 

Express 26.13 



FOREST FIRES 
Wages: 

Pay rolls, fighting fires . 

CHANGING POLE LINE 
Louis W. Bills 

PAINTING WEST ACTON FIRE HOUSE 
Lloyd W. Priest 



1,771.73 



1,383.60 



298.70 



400.00 



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HOSE DRYER 
Justin A. McCarthy 450.00 

HYDRANTS 

West and South Water Supply 2,925.00 

Town of Concord 253.00 

3,178.00 

SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

Salary : 

Edward Estabrook (includes auto) . 200.00 

Expenses : 

Advertising 6.63 

Book and seals, etc 14.72 

Sundry Items 2.56 

23.91 

MOTH DEPARTMENT 

Wages : 

Superintendent 434.10 

Labor 259.10 



Expenses : 

Trucks 262.90 

Gas and oil 68.49 

Lead 402.68 

Jack 12.50 

Battery 8.45 

Repairs to truck 14.73 

Sundries 20.69 



TREE WARDEN 

Wages : 

Superintendent 599.30 

Labor 149.64 



693.20 



790.44 



748.94 



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Expenses : 

Trucks 200.70 

Tree paint 4.00 

Sharpening tools 6.75 

Tools 13.32 

Stakes 3.40 

Machinery rental 20.00 

Cutting pipe 1.00 



ages : 

Superintendent 
Labor 


TREE REPLACEMENT 


56.25 
8.64 


xpenses : 

Trees 




166.00 


Trucks 




18.50 









EMERGENCY TREE WORK 

Wages: 

Superintendent 166.50 

Labor 169.40 

Expenses : 

Trucks 160.00 

Rental of electric saw and labor .... 238.85 

Tools 10.48 

Sharpening saws 5.00 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health 

Salaries and Wages: 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, chairman 25.00 

Lowell H. Cram 15.00 

Herbert L. Leusher 10.00 

Lillian Taylor, town nurse (includes 

transportation) 2,400.00 



249.17 



249.39 



750.23 



lOG 



Special nurses (includes transporta- 
tion) 395.50 

Labor, at town dump 816.60 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, prof, services 142.00 

E. E. Allsopp, agent 93.05 



Expenses : 

Medical supplies 65.25 

Middlesex County Sanatorium 258.00 

Rabi treatment 28.00 

Postage, telephone 8.43 

Gasoline 6.60 

Repairs to motor 5.29 

Sundry supplies 3.30 

CATTLE INSPECTOR 



HIGHWAYS 

Village 
Wages : 

Superintendent 221.50 

Labor 635.44 

Expenses : 

Trucks 417.75 

Breaking concrete 21.00 

Rope 20.72 



3,897.15 



374.87 



Salary : 

E. E. Allsopp 125.00 

INSPECTION OF SLAUGHTERING 65.00 

GARBAGE COLLECTION 

Expenses : 

Collection of garbage as per contracts 1,750.00 

Advertising 25.13 

Postage, Telephone and stenographic 

services 20.00 

1,795.13 



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Paint and brushes 24.56 

Cement 18.50 

Writing easements 5.00 

Telephones 15.10 

Tools 24.41 

Gasoline, kerosene & motor oil .... 44.91 



CHAPTER 81 
Wages : 

Superintendent 1,861.00 

Labor 4,453.78 

Expenses : 

Trucks 4,959.10 

Stone and dust 4,415.22 

Oil and tar 2,979.69 

Machinery rental 775.20 

Hauling stone and dust 1,909.85 

Sundry items 20.81 



CHAPTER 90 MAINTENANCE 
Wages : 

Superintendent 60.00 

Labor 223.10 

Expenses : 

Trucks 246.80 

Machinery rental 183.00 

Oil and tar 852.73 

Stone and dust 1,023.37 

Hauling stone 420.10 

Plate pipe 1,568.00 

Gravel 100.20 

Patching 136.46 



CHAPTER 90 CONSTRUCTION 
Wages : 

Superintendent 300.00 



1,448.89 



21,374.6% 



4.813.76 



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Labor 619.10 

Expenses : 

Trucks 454.40 

Machinery rental 66.00 

Oil 316.36 

Dust and stone 1,513.88 

Frames and Grates 156.80 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Wages : 

Superintendent 537.00 

Labor 1,315.61 

Expenses : 

Trucks 635.50 

Plowing and sanding 6,934.33 

Steel 68.02 

Salt 644.00 

Welding 299.78 

Sand 628.67 

Blades 386.88 

Sand spreader and equipment 226.87 

Bumper clamp assembly 20.30 

Torches and repairs 18.33 

Gasoline 6.60 

Sundry items 27.02 



ROAD MACHINERY 

Expenses : 

Repairs on roller 72.18 

Repairs on grader 60.93 

Steel bars 67.00 

Burner 42.94 

Chain 14.00 

Gas, oil, grease 134.18 

Automotive equipment 86.62 

Tools 87.09 

Sharpening tools 8.15 



3,426.54 



11,748.91 



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Blades and cutting edges 52.16 

Sundry items 24.51 



Salaries and Wages: 

Benjamin Ineson, chairman 125.00 

Mary Laffin 75.00 

Walter Stevens 75.00 

Virginia Milbery, clerk 390.26 

Administration Account : 

Greater Boston Community Council 

of social agencies 8.00 

Printing and forms 24.51 

Attending meetings 50.60 

Dues 4.00 

Old Age Assistance : 

Cash aid 22,788.18 

Aid by other cities and towns 526.01 



649.76 



Power Tractor 300.00 

Attachments 298.99 

598.99 

Snow Plow 600.00 

Street Lighting 4,199.59 

CHARITIES 
Public Welfare 

Temporary Aid: 

Cash to individuals 398.50 

Provisions 907.26 

Fuel and light 92.72 

Medical aid 190.32 

Rent 127.00 

Clothing 21.63 

Transportation 37.50 

Relief by other cities and towns . . . 1,547.12 



3,322.05 



665.26 



87.11 



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Federal Grant 

Cash Aid 14,519.90 



37,834.09 



Administration Account : 

Federal Aid 

Salary and expenses 483.98 

Aid to Dependent Children : 

Cash Aid 2,065.07 



Federal Grant 

Cash Aid 432.50 



EDUCATION 

Salaries and Wages : 53,373.20 

Fuel 2,779.74 

Textbooks and supplies 2,805.21 

Transportation 4,870.00 

Vocational education 241.92 

Janitors supplies, power 1,920.01 



2,497.57 



Administration Account : 
Federal Grant 

Salary and Expenses 23.49 

Soldiers' Benefits 
Salary 

Waldo J. Flint, agent 100.00 

Expenses : 

Cash Aid 597.20 

Medical and Hospital 543.17 

Fuel . 91.28 

Provisions 133.01 

Travel expense 12.00 

State Aid : 

Cash Aid 120.00 

Military Aid : 

Cash Aid 160.00 



1,656.6() 



Ill 

General Maintenance 1,888.14 

Outlays 515.00 

Library 210.71 

Health 250.00 

Miscellaneous expense 431.83 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 231.50 



69,517.26 



LIBRARIES 



Salaries and Wages: 

Mary Lothrop, librarian 309.00 

Arthur Davis, assistant librarian and 

binding books 110.55 

Janitor 154.50 

Branch librarians 218.00 

792.05 

Expenses : 

Insurance 61.15 

Heat : 334.83 

Lights 58.84 

Transportation of books . . . ; 43.00 

Trimming shrubbery and new plants 75.00 

Water 12.00 

Paint 10.94 

Cabinets and stools 30.50 

Cards and printing 18.46 

Care of branch library 21.60 

Repairs 113.35 

Sundry items 12.01 

791.68 

Books and Magazines 499.81 

CEMETERIES 

Wages : 

Superintendents 1,468.80 

Labor 933.65 

2,402.45 

Expenses : 

Water 33.69 



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Gas and oil 16.37 

Trucks 108.94 

Repairing mowers 87.34 

Cement 18.70 

Flowers 30.15 

Tool 122.51 

Loam 10.00 

Postage and telephone 18.58 

Fertilizer 34.30 

Sundry items 48.59 



UNCLASSIFIED 

Unclassified Account : 

Perambulating town lines 50.00 

Clerk, War Records Committee .... 40.15 



529.1' 



Perpetual Care 
Wages : 

Superintendents 782.55 

Labor 447.86 

Flowers 74.45 

Loam 10.00 

1,314.86 

Luke Blanchard Fur.d 

Care of Lot 25.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 

Wages : 

Superintendent 913.50 

Labor 356.25 

Trucks 143.00 

Tar 328.42 

Dust 27.70 

Gasoline 7.90 

Pipe and labor 26.88 

Sundry item^s 23.76 

1,827.41 



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Blue prints 62.38 

Typewriter stand 10.00 

Legal advice 125.00 

Signs 13.78 

Delivering town reports 8.00 

Writing deed 5.00 

Sundry items 25.16 



Recreation — Playgrounds : 
Wages : 

Labor 274.89 

Trucks 50.10 

Mowing and plowing 15.00 

New equipment, bases, etc 40.00 

Knife for mower 7.50 

Gas and oil 6.59 

Repairing mower 14.20 

Twine 1.15 



War Records Committee 
Wages : 

Clerk 266.70 

Cabinet 75,72 

Stationery, printing and forms 156.72 

Express 2.06 

Expenses of committee, transporta- 
tion, etc 200.00 



339.47 



409.43 



701.20 



Town Reports: 

Printing 1000 reports 310.00 

Bonds : 

Collector of Taxes 138.75 

Treasurer's 107.50 

Town Clerk's 7.50 

253.75 



Town Clock 300.00 



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Dog Officer: 

Keeping and destroying 45 dogs .... 180.00 

Expenses 70.00 

250.00 

Zoning Committee: 

Legal advice 150.00 

Other expenses 58.60 

208.60 

Liability Insurance : 

Premiums 761.35 

Memorial Day: 

Music 150.00 

Transportation 30.00 

Flags 15.00 

Flowers and wreaths 100.65 

Refreshments 11.52 

Notices 2.25 

309.42 

Maturing Debt: 

High School addition bond 1,000.00 

Fire truck note 1,000.00 

2,000.00 

Interest on Notes and Bonds : 

Interest on High School addition bond 180.00 

Interest on fire truck notes 10.00 

190.00 

NO APPROPRIATION ITEMS 

State Tax 3,250.00 

State Park Tax 206.23 

State Audit 575.56 

County Tax 6,485.94 

County Hospital Assessment 715.10 

County Dog Licenses 796.00 

Tax Refunds 143.07 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 2,111.93 

Trust Accounts 2.780.00 

Trust Accounts Interest 3,613.44 

Withholding Taxes 7,654.11 



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Blue Cross 


202.00 






Cash Balance December 31. 1946 . . 


$242,424.72 
123,633.99 




$366,058.71 



RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 

Selectmen's Dept. Expenses $ 25.00 

Town Clerk, for recording 20.00 

Election and Registration Expense 153.22 

Police Dept. Officers Salary 67.00 

Police Dept. Cruiser 100.00 

Tree Dept. Emergency Tree Work 750.23 

Cemeteries, expense 29.17 

Liability Insurance 61.35 

Welfare, salaries 40.26 

Election and Registration, salaries 59.00 



Machinery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1946 $ 410.58 

Received from Rentals 1,000.45 

Unexpended Balance from Road Machin- 
ery Acc't 618.63 



Transferred to Road Machinery Acc't . . 900.00 
Balance December 31, 1946 1,129.66 



$1,305.23 



2,029.66 



2,029.66 



Cemetery Land Fund 

Balance January 1, 1946 $ 763.35 

Received from Sale of Lots 220.00 

983.35 

Balance December 31, 1946 $983.35 



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BALANCE SHEET December 31, 1946 

Assets 

Cash $123,633.99 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes: 
Levy of 1945 

Polls $ 74.00 

Personal Property 494.04 

Real Estate 5,426.16 

5,994.20 

Levy of 1946 

Polls 690.00 

Personal Property 2,145.78 

Real Estate 17,700.21 

20,535.99 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes 

Levy of 1945 183.37 

Levy of 1946 884 68 

1,068.05 

Tax Judgment 502.62 

Tax Titles and Possessions 

Tax Titles 1,066.16 

Tax Title Possessions 346.21 

1,412.37 

Departmental: 

County Dog Account 180.00 

Welfare 636.47 

State Aid 120.00 

Milita,ry Aid 80.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 191.12 

Old Age Assistance 19.31 

— 1,226.90 

State and County Aid to Highways 

State 11,114.33 

County 3,000.30 

14,114.63 

Interest 

White Fund 15.00 

Cemetery Fund 25.00 

40.00 

Debt Accounts: 

County Tax 85.93 

State Park Tax 77.34 

163.27 

$168,692.02 



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Liabilities and Reserves 

Old Age Assistance Recovery $ 361.21 

Tailings Account - 132.95 

Withholding Tax 186.20 

Blue Cross 61.15 

Cemetery Land Fund 983.35 

Road Machinery Fund 1,129.66 

Appropriation Balances: 

New Ladder Truck $ 4,700.00 

Moth Dept. to Transfer Pump 200.00 

Tree Replacement 125.00 

Truck Highway Dept 4,500.00 

Fluorescent Lighting 1,550.00 

Fencing Goward Field 1,000.00 

Postwar Works Committee 500.00 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Power Lawn Mower 200.00 

Snow Fencing 200.00 

Highways, Main Street 4,298.46 

17,773.46 

Trust Fund Income: 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund 112.33 

Reserve Fund Overlay Surplus 7,144.06 

Overlays, Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1945 995.93 

Levy of 1946 1,951.10 

2,947.03 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax 1,068.05 

Tax Title 1,412.37 

Departmental 1,226.90 

State & County Aid to Highways 14,114.63 

17,821.95 

Surplus Revenue 120.038.67 



$168,692.02 



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Debt Account 

Net Funded Debt $11,000.0'> 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer .$205,098.30 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$208,563.84 



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Debt Account 

School House Addition Loan $ 11,000.00 



Henry S. Raymond, Monument Fund $ 723.60 

Henry S. Raymond, Cemetery Perpetual Care . . . 1,615 75 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,554.90 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund 27.930.74 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 14,903.75 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 16,386.48 

Actons Firemen's Relief Fund 3,676.90 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 687.29 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 51,612.96 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 186.74 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,503.56 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund 1,515.00 

Susan Hosmer Cemetery Fund 82,800 63 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 

$208,563.84 



Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, Town Accountant 



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LIBRARIAN'S REPORT 



Accessions — Number of volumes in Library January 1, 
1946, 21,804. Increase by purchase 245. Increase by gift 
167. Total increase 412. Withdrawn from circulation, 1080. 
Total number of volumes in Library, January 1, 1947, 21,136. 

Circulation — Number of days Library was opened, 101. 
Number of volumes circulated, 12,604. 
Largest daily circulation, 402, January 12. 
Smallest daily circulation, 26, February 27. 
Daily average circulation, 104 plus. 

Received from fines, sale of magazines and books and 
miscellaneous, $170.50. 

One slight change has been made in the rules. New books 
remain in each Branch Library three months, instead of six 
months. 

Last Spring, the children who were about to receive their 
Honor Certificates, invited their parents, teachers and the 
Library Trustees to attend the Celebration. It was held in 
the Acton Woman's Club House, and Mr. Billings, Chairman 
of the Board, presented certificates to about thirty-five chil- 
dren, several receiving two. An Honor Certificate means that 
a child has read and reported on twenty books, prescribed 
by the State. Miss Boisclair and Miss Sullivan from the 
Library Division of the Department of Education, came and 
told stories to us all. Freddie Tuttle played piano selections 
most creditably. 

LastJMarch, a Regional ^meeting of Librarians and Trus- 
tees was held in Fitchburg. Illness prevented me from at- 
tending. However, in October, the group met in Groton. There 
were about sixty present, representing thirty communities. 
It was decided to make the Regional meeting a definite organ- 
ization with two sessions a year, Spring and Fall. The pur- 
pose is to discuss Library problems and aspirations with 
those of our ndghbors whose interests are similar to ours. 
I found the day helpful in various ways. 

The increase during the year in circulation is gratifying. 
Suggestions about books are always welcome, although we 



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cannot promise to fulfill all requests, especially as the book 
market stands at present. Elsewhere, the circulation is given 
as a unit. It may be of interest to note that we put out 8113 
Fiction, 2923 Juvenile and 1568 Non-Fiction. 

MARY LOTHROP 

Librarian 



Gifts of books have been received from the following 
sources ; we accept these donations with thanks. 

Anonymous, 6; Mrs. Maynard Harris, 1 ; Mr. Stuart Allen, 
3 ; Smithsonian Institute, 1 ; Miss Thatcher, 1 ; Ruth Ann 
Tobin, 1 ; Edith McMillan, 2 ; Leonard D. White, 1 ; Chrysler 
Corporation, 1; Mrs. Mildred Pope Moore, 101; Dr. W. W 
Forbes, 4 ; State of Massachusetts, 6 ; E. H. Washburn, 2 
United States Government, 2 ; Scribner's Sons, 1 ; Goodyeai 
Tire and Rubber Co., 1; Clara S. Brown, 4; E. A. Knowlton, 1 
Mrs. Edgar Perkins, 1 ; Linda Christofferson, 1 ; Walter C 
White, Jr., 4; Penn. R.R. Co., 1; Walter A. Stevens, 18; Mrs 
J. D. Grandine, 2; State Street Trust Co., 1. 



Ainsworth. E. 
Allan, F. 
Allen, H. 
Allingham, M. 
Armstrong, C. 
Arnold, E. 
Bailey, H. C. 

Baldwin F. 

Barber and Schabelitz 
Bassett, S. W. 
Baum, Vicki 
Bennett, M. 
Beymer, W. G. 
Bishop, C. 



FICTION 

Eagles Fly West 
First Come, First Kill 
The Forest and the Fort 
Pearls before Swine 
The Unsuspected 
Tomorrow will Sing 
The Life Sentence 
The Wrong Man 
Woman on her Way 
The Noose is Drawn 
The Beacon 
Once in Vienna 
Time to Change Hats 
12:20 P.M. 
Sunset Rim 



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Bottome, P. 
Bower, B. M. 



Boyers, B. 
Boyers, B. & A. 
Bramlette, P. & Yates, M. 
Brand, Max 
Bridge, Ann 
Buck, P. 
Burton, M. 
Butler, G. 
Byrd, Sam 
Caldwell, T. 
Campbell, G. 
C?mpbell, H. R. 
Carleton, M. 
Carr, J. D. 
Castle, M. 
Chadwick, L. 
Chambers, D. 
Chambers, W. 
Chapman, H. 
Chase, I. 

Christie, A. 
Christie et al. 
Chute, V. 
Clark, J. B. 
Cody, Al 
Coles, M. 
Cook, Fannie 
Cooper, Page 
Cores, L. 
Craig, J. 
Crane, F. 

Crofts, F. W. 
Curwood, J. 0. 
Daly, E. 



The Life Line 

Chip of the Flying U 

Her Prairie Knight 

The Range Dwellers 

The White Mazurka 

Murder by Proxy 

The Widow's Walk 

Mountain Riders 

Singing Waters 

PaviHon of Women 

Not a Leg to Stand On 

Kiss the Blood off my Hands 

Hurry Home to my Heart 

This Side of Innocence 

The Higher Hill 

Crime in Crystal 

Cry Wolf 

He Who Whispers 

Deborah 

Baseball Joe, Pitching Wizard 

Death against Venus 

Action at World's End 

I will be Good 

In Bed we Cry 

I Love Miss Tilli Bean 

The Hollow 

The Fifth Mystery Book 

Flight of an Angel 

The Dreamers 

Empty Saddles 

The Fifth Man 

Mrs. Palmer's Honey 

Great Horse Stories 

Let's Kill George 

The Desert Patrol 

The Cinnamon Murder 

The Shocking Pink Hat 

Enemy Unseen 

The Country Beyond 

Any Shape or Form 

Somewhere in the House 



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Davis, L. R. 
de Aguirre, J. A. 
Deeping, W. 
de la Roche 
Deming, D. 
Dent, L. 
Derlette, A., Ed. 
de Sherbinin, B. 
Diamond, F. 
Disney, D. M. 
Driscoll, P. 
du Maurier, D. 

Eberhart, M. 
Ernenwein, L. 

Field, Peter 
Field, Rachel 
Fielding, A. M. 
Finletter, G. 
Ford, L. 
Forester, C. S. 
Gabriel, G. W. 
Gardner, C. T. 
Gardner, E. S. 



Gilbert, A. 
Godden, R. 
Golding, L. 
Grafton, C. W. 
Green, Anne 
Green, J. 
Grey, Z. 
Halleran, E. E. 
Hastings, D. G. 
Heggen, T. 
Henriques, R. 
Holbrook, M. 
Holding, E. S. 
Holton, E. A. 



Evidence Unseen 

Escape via Berlin 

Reprieve 

return to Jalna 

Pam Wilson, R.N. 

Dead at the Take-Off 

Who Knocks? 

The Challenged Land 

Murder Rides a Rocket 

W ho Rides a Tiger 

My Felicia 

Frenchman's Creek 

The King's General 

Five Passengers from Lisbon 

Fullet Breed 

Rio Renegade 

The End of the Trail 

All This and Heaven, Too 

The Mayfair Squatters 

From the Top of the Stairs 

Honolulu Story 

Lord Hornblower 

Love from London 

Bones Don't Lie 

Case of the Backward Mule 

Case of the Borrowed Brunette 

The D.A. Breaks a Seal 

The Scarlet Button 

The River 

The Glory of Elsie Silver 

The Rat Began to Gnaw the Rope 

Just before Dawn 

The Closed Garden 

The Mysterious Rider 

Double Cross Trail 

Death at the Depot 

Mister Roberts 

Home Fires Burning 

Crime Wind 

Ihe Innocent Mrs. Duff 

Times and the Hour 



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Hough, H. B. 
Howard, E. M. 
Howe, Helen 
Huggins, R. 
Hugo, V. 
Hull, Helen 
Hunter, Ruth 
Irvine, Helen D. 
James, Will 
Janney, R. 
Jennings, John 
Jones, G. and C. 
Jones, T. 
Jordan, M. 
Kelland, C. B, 
Kelsey, V. 
Kent, L. A. 
King, Rufus 

Knight, K. M. 
Krims, M. 
Kuhn, Rene 
La Farge, C. 
Lavin, Mary 
Lehman, Paul E. 
LesHe, J. 

brook, G. H. 
Lockridge, R. & Esta- 
Logan, Louise 
Longstreth, T. Morris 
Lothar, Ernst 
Lyttle, J. 

Macardle, Dorothy 
McCracken, H. 
McCullers, C. 
McCully, W. 
MacDonald, B. 
Maclnness, H. 
MacKinnon, Allan 
McSorley, E. 



Roosters Crow in Town 

Before the Sun Goes Down 

We Happy Few 

The Double Take 

Hunchback of Notre Dame 

Hawk's Flight 

Come Back on Tuesday 

77 Willow Road 

Smoky 

The Miracle of the Bells 

Salem Frigate 

Peabody's Mermaid 

Skinny Angel 

One Red Rose Forever 

The Land of the Torreones 

Fear Came First 

Country Mouse 

The Deadly Dove 

Museum Piece No. 13 

Trouble at Turkey Hill 

Dude Ranch 

34 Charlton 

The Sudden Guest 

The House on Clewe Street 

West of the Wolverine 

Two Faced Murder 

Death in the Mind 

Nurse Merton Comes Home 

Two Rivers Meet in Concord 

Beneath Another Sun 

Sheila Lacey 

The Unforeseen 

The Great White Buffalo 

The Member of the Wedding 

Blood on Nassau's Moon 

The Egg and I 

Horizon 

Money on the Black 

Our Own Kind 



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Mallette, G. E. 
Marquand, J. P. 
Marquis, D. 
Marshall, B. 

Martin, A. E. 
Maugham, S. 

Meredith, Anne 
Milne, A. A. 
Montgomery, R. G, 
Moore, Ruth 
Neumann, Alfred 
Neumann, Robert 
Nichols, M. 
Norris, K. 
Nye, N. C. 
O'Donnell, M. K. 
Ogilvie, E. 
O'Hara, M. 
Osborne, L. P. 

Page, E. 
Paine, R. D. 
Partridge, Bellamy 
Player, R. 
Powell, R. 
Punshon, E. R. 
Queen, Ellery 
Raine, W. M. 
Rand, A. 
Reilly, H. 
Reisner, M. 
Remarque, E. M. 
Richter, C. 

Rinehart, M. R. 
Roark, G. 
Rosman, A. G. 
Saroyan, William 
Schmitt, G. 



Once is Forever 

B.F.'s Daughter 

Archy's Life of Mehitabel 

The World, The Flesh and Father 

Smith 
Death in the Limielight 
Of Human Bondage 
Then and Now 
Home is the Heart 
Chloe Marr 
Rough Riders, Ho! 
Spoonhandle 
Six of Them 
The Inquest 
Always with Me 
The Mink Coat 
Blood of Kings 
Those Other People 
Storm Tide 

Green Grass of WVoniing 
They Change their Skies 
Through Purple Glass 
Wilderness Adventure 
The Golden Table 
January Thaw — 
The Ingenious Mr. Stone 
Shoot, if you Must 
Secrets Can't be Kept 
The Queen's Awards 
Clattering Hoofs 
The Fountainhead 
Murder on Angler's Island 
Mirror of Delusion 
The Arch of Triumph 
The Fields 
The Trees 
The Yellow Room 
The Wake of the Red Witch 
The Sixth Journey 
The Adventures of Wesley Jackson 
David the King 



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Scott, Jessie 
Scott, Sir Walter 
Seifert, E. 
Seth-Smith, E. 
Seton, A. 
Shapiro, H. 
Shappiro, Herbert 
Sharp, M. 
Shepard, 0. & W. 
Shute, N. 
Sinclair, Jo. 
Sinclair, Upton 
Slaughter, F. G. 
SDinelli, M. 
Stagge, J. 
Stevenson, D. E. 
Stevenson, R. L. 
Stewart, C. P. 
Stowman, K. 
Strobel, M. 
Tabori, G. 
Tarkington, B. 
Taylor, E. 
Taylor, P. A. 
Thirkell, A. 
Thompson, E. B. 
Ullman, J. R. 
Upfield, A. W. 
Vance, E. 
Wadelton, M. 0. 
Wakeman, F. 
Waldeck, Countess 
Ward, E. S. P. 
Waugh, E. 
Wentworth, P. 
Werfel, F. 
West, J. 
West, K. 
West, Tom 
Weston, C. 
Widdemer, M. 



The Charity Ball 

Ivanhoe 

Old Doc 

Vagabonds All 

The Turquoise 

High Pockets 

The Texan 

Britannia Mews 

Holdfast Gaines 

Most Secret 

Wasteland 

Dragon Harvest 

In a Dark Garden 

Assignment without Glory 

Death's Old Sweet Song 

The Four Graces 

Fables 

Her Husband's House 

V ith Cradle and Clock 

Kiss and Kill 

Beneath the Stone 

Monsieur Beaucaire 

At Mrs. Lippincote's 

The Asey Mayo Trio 

Miss Bunting 

American Daughter 

The White Tower 

Death of a Swagman 

Winter Meeting 

Sarah Mandrake 

The Hucksters 

Lustre in the Sky 

A Lost Hero 

Brideshead Revisited 

Pilgrim's Rest 

Star of the Unborn 

The Friendly Persuasion 

Peony 

Trouble Trail 

The Dark Wood 

Constancia Herself 



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Wilder, M. B. 
Vvilder, Robert 
Wilder, W. B. 
Wilson, P. W. 
Wodehouse, P. G. 
Yerby, F. 



Albright & Taylor 
Alekhin, A. 
American Guide Series 
Augur, H. 
Baker, Louise 
Beck, P. 
Behan, John M. 
Bromfield, L. 
Burgess, F. W. 
Burt, S. 
Capen, L. I. 
Carlisle, N. 

Clapper, 0. E. 

Corbett, J. E. 

Coward, Noel 

Curtis and Greenslet, Eds. 

Dana, R. H., Jr. 

Davis, W. A. 



de Chair, S. 
c'e Saint Exupery 
Dunlap, 0. E., Jr. 
Editorial Staff of Outdoor 

Life 
Egan, J. B., Ed. 
Eldredge, D. 
Field, Carter 
Foster, E. 
Fowler, G. 



Hurry up and Wait 
Written on the Wind 
Grandfather Objects 
Black Tarn 
Joy in the Morning 
The Foxes of Harrow 

NON-FICTION 

Oh ! Ranger 

My Best Game of Chess 

Rhode Island 

Passage to Glory 

Out on a Limb 

C.ementine in the Kitchen 

Dogs of War 

A Few Brass Tacks 

Jewelry 

Philadelphia 

Across the Ages 

The Modern Wonder Book of Trains 

and Railroading 
Washington Tapestry 
Man Eaters of Kumaon 
Middle East Diary 
The Practical Cogitator 
Two Years before the Mast 
Town of Lunenburg, Proprietors' 

Records 
Early Records of Town of 

Lunenburg 
Radar 

The Golden Carpet 
An Airman's Odyssey 
Anthology of Hunting Adventures 



Donn Fendler 

Third N. H. Volunteers 

Bernard Baruch 

The Islanders 

A Solo in Tom-toms 



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Fowler, H. W. 

Fox, E. A. 
Gould, John 
Gould, R. E. 
Greenslet, F. 
Harlow, A. F. 
Harper Bros. 
Hawkridge, E. 
Hibben, F. C. 
Howard, J. T., 
Hrdlicka, A. 
Hubbell, R. 
Institutional 



Ed. 



Irvine, E. E.. Ed. 

State Street Trust Co. 
Jacobson, E., M.D. 
Kane and Atkinson 
Knowlton, E. A. 

Kravchenko, V. 
Lamont, T. W. 
Landon, E. 
Lengyel, E. 
Liebman. J. L. 
Litchfield, P. W. 
Ludwig, E. 



Dictionary of Modern English 

Usage 
Parliamentary Usage 
Farmer Takes a Wife 
Yankee Storekeeper 
The Lowells and their Seven Worlds 
Steelways of N. E. 
School Geography 
The Wisdom Tree 
Lost Americans 
Treasury of Stephen Foster 
Alaskan Diary 
Television 

Smithsonian Report 
Littleton Town Records to 1850 
1945 Journal of the House of 

Representatives 
1945 Journal of the Senate 
Annual Report of the Library of 

Congress 

1944 Annual Proceedings V.F.Vv^ 
Dept., Mass. 

1945 Acts and Resolves of Mass. 
istory of Mass. Com. on Public 

Safety 
Annual Proceedings of the Ameri- 
can Legion, 1944, Mass. 

1946 World Almanac and Book of 
Facts 

Some Statues of Boston 

You Must Relax 

Thoreau's Walden 

History of West Acton Baptist 

Church 
I Chose Freedom 
My Boyhood in a Parsonage 
Picture Framing 
Dakar 

Peace of Mind 
Autumn Leaves 
The Son of Man 



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McWilliam 
Massengill, S. E. 
Michell, E. V. 
Mulac, M. E. 
Papashvily, G. and H. 
Penn. R.R. Co. 

Pitkin, Walter B. 
Poole, E. 
Pyle, Ernie 
Redway, J. W. 

Rich, L. D. ^ 

Ross, N. W. 

Saunders, B. 

Scott, Col. Robert L., Jr. 

Seagrave, G. S., M.D. 

Sedgwick, E. 

Shiber, Etta 

Smith, C. P. 

Smith, H. 

Smith, W. H. B. 

Stokley, James 

Stout, W. W. 

Sugrue, T., Ed. 

Swanson, N. H. 

Swift, M. 

Temple, Shirley 

Van Paassen, P. 

Walden, Howard T., 2d 

War Dept. 

Waters, Frank 

Wheaton, H. 

Wheeler, K. 
I White, Leonard D., Ed. 
I White, Wm. Allen 
1 Williams, H. L. and 0. K. 



Averill, E. 
Bannon, L. 



Southern California Country 

A Sketch of Medicine & Pharmacy 

Great Fishing Stories 

The Game Book 

Yes and No Stories 

One Hundred Years of Transpor- 
tation Progress 

Life Begins at Forty 

The Great White Hills of N. H. 

Last Chapter 

Butler's Complete Geography 

Happy the Land 

Westward the Women 

Training You to Train Your Dog 

Funway to the Sun 

Burma Surgeon Returns 

The Happy Profession 

Paris Underground 

The Housatonic 

Kitchens Near and Far 

Basic Manual of Mihtary Small 
Arms 

Electrons in Action 

Bullets by the Billion 

Starlinof of the White House 

The Perilous Fight 

Secrets of Magic 

My Young Life 

Earth Could be Fair 

Upstream and Down 

Shot Guns— All Types 

The Colorado 

Prekaska's Wife 

We are the Wounded 

Civil Service in Wartime 

Autobiography of Wm. Allen White 

Old American Houses 

JUVENILE 

The Cat Club 
Red Mittens 



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Beim, L. and J. 
Benchley, B. J. 
Bennet, D. A. 
Black, I. S. 
Bleecker, Mary N. 
Bonner, M. G. 
Brink, C. R. 
Brooks, W. R. 

Bryant, B. 
Burns, E. E. 
Burtis, T. 
Byrnes, Gene 
Cavanah, F. 
Conger, E. M. 
Coughlan and O'Donnell 
Credle, Ellis 
Creswick, Paul 
Dalgliesh, A. 



de Ano-eli, M. 
Dean, G. M. 
Disney, Walt 
Dixon, F. W. 

Duplaix, L. 

Eaton, A. T. 
Evans, K. 

Farley, W. 
Finley, M. 
Forbes, E. 
Ford, M. 

Freeman, M. and L. 
Friskey, M. 



Gates and Huber 
Haywood, C. 



Sasha and the Samovar 

Shirley Visits the Zoo 

The Golden Almanac 

Barbara's Birthday 

Big Music 

Something Always Happens 

Magical Melons 

To and Again 

Freddy and Mr. Camphor 

Trudy Terrill 

The Story of Great Inventions 

Rex Lee, Gypsy Flyer 

Dogs 

Benjy of Boston 

Ships of the Fleet 

The Wishing Well 

Johnny and his Mule 

Robin Hood 

Along Janet's Road 

Reuben ' 

The Silver Pencil 

Bright April 

Agent Nine 

Surprise Package 

The Mark on the Door 

The Sinister Sign-Post 

The White Bunny with his Magic 

Nose 
The Animals' Christmas 
The Ladybug who Couldn't Fly 

Home 
The Black Stallion Returns 
Elsie's Girlhood 
America's Paul Revere 
David and the Magic Powder 
Fun with Chemistry 
Chicken Little Count-to-Ten 
Tad Lincoln and the Green 

Umbrella 
Round the Year 
Penny and Peter 



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Hill, M. B. 
Jackson, K. and B. 
Lattimore, E. F. 
L'Hommedieu, D. K. 
Leighton, M. C. 
Lenski, L. 
Mabie, P. 

McAdoo, E. W. 
McDonald, G. 
MacKay, R. 
Mathews, B. 
Medary, M. 
Merwin, D. 
Nazaroff, A. 
Norton, Mary 
Perrault 

Pope, E. 
Ruskin, John 
Sawyer, R. 

Shapiro, I. 
Sherman, H. M. 
Sherwood, Bob 
Silliman, L. 
Snell, R. J. 
Stevens, R. M. 
Stevenson, A. 
Street, A. 

Tarry, E. and Ets, M. H. 
Tenggren, G. 
Thurber, J. 
Tomlinson, E. T. 
Tope, H. 
Travers, P. L. 
Walpole, E. W. 
Willis, F. 



Roddy Meets the Circus 

Farm Stories 

First Grade 

Robbie, the Brave Little Collie 

Secret of the Closed Gate 

Blue Ridge Billy 

The Little Duck who Loved the 

Rain 
Julia and the White House 
The Little Island 
Just Like Me 
The Splendid Quest 
The Store at Criss-Cross Corners 
Time for Tammie 
Land of the Russian People 
The Magic Bed-Knob 
The Story of Little Red Riding 

Hood 
The Biggety Chameleon 
The King of the Golden River 
Christmas Anna Angel 
This Way to Christmas 
Casey Jones and Locomotive *638 
It's a Pass ! 
Here we are Again 
The Scrapper 
The Hidden Trail 
Zipper the Zany 
Sarn Houston 

Land of the English People 
My Dog Rinty 
Mother Goose 
The Great Quillow 
Winning his W 
Whoa, Ginger! 

Mary Poppins Opens the Door 
The Golden Dictionary 
Amber 
Clover 



132 
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Board of Health of Acton herewith submits its report 
for the year ending Dec. 31, 1946, together with the annual 
report of the Agent and Inspector of Slaughtering. 

There were fifty-eight cases of contagious diseases re- 
ported to the Board of Health during the year. These are 
divided as follows: 

Chicken Pox 7 

Tuberculosis 2 

German Measles 6 

Measles 4 

Mumps 21 

Whooping Cough 2 

Gonorrhea 2 

Cat Bite 1 

Dog Bite 13 

The diphtheria clinic was held at the schools, as in recent 
years, and many took advantage of this opportunity. 

It becomes necessary on and after January 1, 1947, to 
estabhsh the fee of $1.00 per visit for Public Health Nursing 
Services, to be paid to the nurse at the time of receiving 
such services. 

Due to the added expense of an indefinite tuberuclosis 
case at the Middlesex Sanitorium and a necessary increase in 
the salary of the Nurse, we recommend an increase of $1000 
or a total appropriation of $5000.00 for the use of this Board 
for 1947. 

DEATHS 

Residents of Acton 26 

Residents of other places 2 

Occurring in Acton 18 



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Occurring in other places 10 

Burial permits issued 20 

Respectfully submitted, 

BOARD OF HEALTH 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 
0. L. Clark, Chairman 
L. H. Cram 
H. Leusher 



REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



To the Board of Health 
Town of Acton. 

Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Slaughtering 
from Jan. 1, 1946 to Dec. 31, 1946. 

Sheep 10 

Beef 6 

Hogs 31 

Condemned None 

Respectfully submitted, 

ERNEST E. ALLSOFF, 

Inspector of Slaughtering. 



134 
REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

We respectfully submit the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1946. 

The appropriation for Welfare for 1946 was $4,000, out 
of which $3,322.05 was spent, leaviner a balance of $677.95 
During 1946, we aided seven cases in Acton and five cases 
out of town with Acton settlements. At the present time, we 
are aiding six welfare cases, three of which are in Acton. For 
the out-of-town bills during the past year, we paid $1,547,12 
while $1,774.93 was paid for the seven cases in Acton. In 
anticipation of bills which will be incurred during 1947, we 
rind it necessary to ask for an appropriation of $4,500, which 
is $500 more than last year. 

For Aid to Dependent Children, we are asking an appro- 
priation of $3,500. This is an increase over last year of $1,000. 
During 1946. we aided five families having a total of twelve 
dependent children. Ou^^ present case load is three families 
with a total of eight children. 

We are asking for $25,000 for Old Ap-e Assistance for the 
coming year. This is an increase of $2,000 over last year's 
original appropriation. On January 1, 1946, our case load was 
61 and on December 31, 1946, it was 68. During the entire 
year, 81 persons were aided under this category of assistance, 
58 of these had Acton settlements, 11 with out-of-town settle- 
ments and 12 which were unsettled. Owing to the high cost 
of living, state budgetary standards were increased twice 
during the past year, making it necessary to increase the 
grants of most of the recipients of Old Age Assistance. 

Your Board, desiring to give you an analysis of the ex- 
penditures for 1946, submits the following: 

TEMPORARY AID 

Paid to State on Acton settled cases . . $ 609.50 
Paid to other places on Acton settled 

cases 937.62 



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Paid to cases in Acton 1,774.93 

$3,322.05 

Estimated reimbursements : 

from other towns $1,271.07 

from State 176.50 

1,447.57 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $1,874.48 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

Total expended $2,497.57 

Estimated Federal Grants $ 433.50 

Estimated State reimbursement 832.53 

1,266.03 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $1,231.54 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

Total expended $37,834.09 

Estimated Federal Grants $15,414.12 

Estimated State reimbursement 15,615.47 

Estimated reimbursement from other 

places 667.89 

31,697.48 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $ 6.136.61 

Appropriations recommended for 1947: 

Old Age Assistance $25,000.00 

Temporary Aid 4,500.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 3,500.00 



Respectfully submitted, 



BENJAMIN J. INESON, 
MARY M. LAFFIN, 
WALTER B. STEVENS, 

Board of Public Welfare. 



136 
REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the PoHce Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1946. 
Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Operating without a license (M.V.) 7 

Law of the road 1 

Speeding 6 

Operating so as to endanger 6 

Failing to stop at Stop sign 9 

Going away after causing damage to property . . 3 

Operating under the influence of liquor 5 

Drunkenness 18 

Robbery 3 

Assault with intent to murder 3 

Breaking and Entering 4 

Larceny of poultry 1 

Assault and Battery 4 

Assault 1 

Incest 1 

Disturbing the Peace 4 

Receiving stolen property 3 

Fish and Game violations 3 

Default warrants 2 

Delinquent children 2 

Motor vehicle accident report: 

Accidents reported 32 

Occupants injured 46 

Pedestrians injured 2 

Persons killed in motor vehicle accidents 2 

In addition to prosecutions for motor vehicle violations, 
six persons were reported to the Registrar and licenses were 
suspended. 

One hundred seventy complaints were received and in- 
vestigated. Some of the more serious offenses are listed below : 



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Assault with intent to murder 1 

Attempted holdup 1 

Robbery while armed 1 

B & E & Larceny 11 

Attempted breaks 2 

Indecent exposure 2 

Larceny of automobile 1 

Cars broken into and articles stolen 2 

Obstructions placed on railroad tracks 1 

Boys using .22 rif es, endangerinof lives 11 

Malicious destruction of property 6 

Assault & Battery 4 

Larceny 9 

In addition to complaints investi9"ated, several hundred 
cars were stopped and warned for minor traffic violations and 
more than one hundred persons came to my home to have 
transfer blanks signed, report accidents, etc. 

With the reo^istration of motor vehicles at an all time 
high, we can look forward to an increase in our work again 
this year. 

In closing, I would like to thank all those who assisted 
the department and your Chief during the past year and at 
this time to recommend that another permanent officer be 
appointed for your protection and further recommend that 
the call hours of your Chief be reduced from twenty-four 
hours to not more than twelve hours a day. 

Traffic Lines & Markings: 

Under a special appropriation, traffic lines were painted 
in all precincts of the town this year under the supervision 
of the Police Departmicnt. I feel that this work could best 
be done and should be done by the Street Department under 
the supervision of the Superintendent as it is in other towns 
and as specified under Article III, Section 1 of our Traffic 
Rules and Orders. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Police 



138 

REPORT OF THE 
MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

1946 



Because of the unusual season, fruit growers were inter- 
ested in the work carried on by the Extension Service along 
the lines of frost damage and its prevention ; and in the newer 
orchard sprays checked the severe infestation of apple scab. 
Twilight orchard meetings were held in various parts of the 
county, which were of interest to many Acton fruit growers. 

Cholera, a deadly poultry disease, was found in the town, 
and assistance given in getting it under control quickly before 
there was any spread to neighbors. Projects were developed 
of special interest to poultrymen, from the standpoint of 
better use of ranges, brooding and rearing and disease con- 
trol and sanitation. The monthly circular letter called 
^TOULTRY NOTES" has been of general interest and has 
been sent to all interested poultrymen as well as radio talks 
and farm visits made upon request. 

Among the dairy farmers, special emphasis was made 
in building up the Selective Breeding Association and the 
Herd Improvement Association. 

In order to help the homiemakers with the various food 
shortages occurring during the year, demonstrations and 
illustrated talks were given on the following subjects: When 
Meat is Scarce ; Sugar-Saving Desserts ; Use of Available 
Foods; Oil-Sparing Salad Dressings. Assistance was also 
given homemakers with their home sewing problems to help 
meet the high cost of ready-to-wear clothes. This included 
Short Cuts and Speed Tricks in clothing construction. Food 
preservation was a major summer activity and information 
was given on the best procedure to insure satisfaction in home 
canning and in the preparation of food for freezing. 

4-H Club Work was carried on under the direction of the 
4-H Committee, of which Edward W. Estabrook was chair- 
man. Clubs were: clothing, foods, knitting, crafts for girls; 
gardening, poultry and livestock for boys. Mrs. Frances Rich- 



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ards' clothing club members were all blue ribbon winners. 
Mrs. Edythe Bird had a left-handed knitters' club, which got 
considerable publicity throughout the state. Leaders of other 
clubs were Mrs. Seaward Spinney, Mrs. Geor^re Newton. Mrs. 
Kenneth Jewell, Miss Kathleen Sweeney and Miss Ann Horri- 
gan. Dawn Richards, Mimi Knipple, Marcia Reed, Barbara 
Allen and Janet Flagg were blue ribbon winners in the county 
dress revue. Caroline Gates and Kathleen Sweeney attended 
Junior Leaders' Camp at Amherst. Fred Richards was awarded 
a prize on his garden by the Middlesex North Agricultural 
Society, while Thomas Rooney was awarded $5.00 by the 
Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture on his fine 
work in raising turkeys. An exhibit on winter activities was 
held in the spring. 



REPORT OF TOWN NURSE 



To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending De- 
cember 31, 1946 — 

Bedside calls 700 

Pre-natal 120 

Post-natal 108 

Child welfare 290 

Night calls 75 

Eight patients were taken to the Middlesex County Sana- 
torium for X-ray and check-up. Ten to the Emerson Hospital 
for various causes. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R. N. 



140 
REPORT OF TREE WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1946. 

An appropriation of $1000 was made for this work. 
This money was used for emergency work such as removing 
dead, broken and dangerous trees. Seven hundred fifty dollars 
was used for labor while $250 was for expenses. 

We have had several bad storms which have left our 
shade trees in very bad shape. There are 38 large trees which 
will have to be removed this coming year for the safety of 
the public. There are also a number of trees which should 
be cabled. 

An appropriation of $250 was made for the replacement 
of shade trees. There were 53 new trees placed throughout 
the town. I suggest that the same appropriation of $250 be 
made for the same purpose this coming year. 

Therefore, I recommend that an appropriation of $2000 
be made for the care of the shade trees in 1947. Under a 
special article, I recommend that an appropriation of $250 
be made for the replacement of shade trees throughout the 
town. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 

Tree W^arden. 



REPORT OF MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1946. 

An appropriation of $1500 was miade for moth work last 
year, of which the running expense was about $800 and 



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$700 for labor. This money was used for spraying through 
the town once for pest control and a second spray for pest 
control and elm leaf beetle through part of the town. The 
labor expense will be much greater this year if the work 
is to be done properly. 

I therefore recommend that an appropriation of $1800 
be made for the suppression of gypsy moth and the elm leaf 
beetle and for other work that should be done. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 
Moth Superintendent. 



REPORT OF TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton 
Gentlemen : 

The Town Forest Committee herewith submits the fol- 
lowing report for the year 1946. 

The committee wishes to report that we were unable 
to purchase additional forest land this year, and we feel that 
it will not be possible to purchase suitable land at a reasonable 
price until conditions are normal again. 

Your town forest totals 71 acres, and although this land 
needs thinning and replanting, we recommend that this work 
be postponed until materials and labor can be secured at a 
more reasonable figure. 

We recommend that the town leave the $500.00 appro- 
priated in 1945 for the committee to use for the purchase of 
additional land if the opportunity arises. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CLARENCE A. FROST, Chairman 

JAMES J. KNIGHT 

ARNO H. PERKINS, Secretary 



142 
REPORT OF FENCE VIEWERS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 
Gentlemen : 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton 
has succeeded in helping to establish the location and erec- 
tion of two partition fences. 

One between the Maynard Country Club and property of 
Michael Enneguess. Also one between the property occupied 
by Henry W. Bursaw and Hugh McGovern. Both of these 
partition fences have been installed to the satisfaction of all 
parties concerned. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK 
ROBERT G. WILLETT 
LOUIS F. LEVERONI 

Fence Viewers. 



REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1946. 

Number of dogs disposed of in accordance with law .... 45 
Number of dogs reclaimed by owners in accordance with law 15 

Number of calls answered for dog nuisance 85 

Warnings to delinquent owners to get licenses 98 

Appropriation $250.00 

45 dogs at $3.00 for six days 135.00 

45 dogs disposed of 45.00 

I recommend the appropriation for the year 1947 be 
the same. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARTHUR ERASER 

Dog Officer 



143 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 
FOR THE YEAR 1946 



We herewith submit the following report for the year 
ending December 31, 1946. 

The account of the town treasurer shows that during the 
past year the cemetery department has received and paid 
into the treasury the sum of $1310.50 itemized as follows: — 

Annual care of lots $ 462.50 

Burials 547.00 

Rental of lowering device 45.00 

Sales of lots 210.00 

Foundations 18.00 

Miscellaneous 28.00 



Total $1,310.50 

We ask that these receipts may be considered in making 
your appropriations for the current year. 

We recommend an appropriation for the care of the ceme- 
ties the sum of $4100.00 for the year 1947. 

We also recommend a special appropriation of $400.00 for 
the purchase of a power lawn mower, for this department. 
This mower is needed to replace one that was purchased in 
1935 and is completely worn out and cannot be fixed. 

There has been added to the perpetual care account the 
past year, in new accounts, the sum of $1725.00. 

An itemized account of the expenditures for the care of 
the cemeteries will be found in the report of the town 
accountant. 

We have prepared a schedule of the receipts and ex- 
penditures on account of each lot under perpetual care, in 
books kept for that purpose, which may be examined by 
persons interested. 

HARRY E. HOLT 
RAY L. HARRIS 
HOWARD F. JONES 
Cemetery Commissioners. 



144 
FOREST WARDEN'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Your Forest Warden submits the following report for 
the year ending Dec. 31, 1946. 

Total number brush and grass fires 74 

This report shows a decided increase over previous years 
but I think without a doubt that more than half of these 
fires are set intentionally and wish to state that, for the 
coming year at least, the State Forest Wardens and State 
Police will cover this territory and be on the lookout for 
fire bugs. 

Following is a copy of the laws pertaining to setting 
fire in the open air: 

G. L., c. 48, — 13. Setting of Fires in open air. No 
person shall set, maintain or increase a fire in the open air at 
any time unless the ground is substantially covered with 
snow, except by written permission, covering a period not 
exceeding ten days from the date thereof, granted by the 
forest warden or chief of the fire department in cities and 
towns, or, in cities having such an official, the fire commis- 
sioner ; provided, the debris from fields, gardens and orchards, 
and leaves and rubbish from yards, may be burned on ploughed 
fields by the owners thereof, their agents or lessees, if such 
fire is at least two hundred feet from any sprout or forest 
land and at least fifty feet distant from any building and is 
properly attended until extinguished; and provided, further, 
that persons above the age of eighteen may set or maintain a 
fire for a reasonable purpose upon sandy land, or upon salt 
marshes or sandy or rocky beaches bordering on tide water, 
if the fire is enclosed within rocks, metal or other non- 
inflammable material. The forester may make rules and regu- 
lations relating to the granting and revocation of such permits 
binding throughout the commonwealth. Such rules and regu- 
lations shall take effect subject to section thirty-seven of 
chapter thirty, when approved by the governor and council. 
The forest wardens in towns and officials performing the duties 
of forest wardens in cities shall cause public notice to be given 



145 

of the provisions of this section and shall enforce the same. 
Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be pun- 
ished by a line of not more than one hundred dollars or by 
imprisonment for not more than one month, or both. 

We will have the new forest fire truck in operation for 
spring fires and I know that will help us a lot to keep the 
forest fires under control. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR 

Forest Warden 



REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1946 



INVESTMENTS 



Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank . .$ 465.54 
U. S. War Bonds 3,000.00 



i,465.54 



RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank . .$ 9.30 
U. S. War Bonds 75.00 



$ 84.30 



EXPENDITURES 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Acton $ 64.30 

Town of Acton for care of Goodnow lot in 

Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 



$ 84.30 



CHARLES E. SMITH 
RALPH P. MARBLE 
HORACE F. TUTTLE 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 



146 
REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit my report for the Fire Department for 
the year 1946. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows : 

Building 19 

Automobile 8 

Chimney 3 

Emergency 3 

Oil 2 

False 3 

38 

The old and original pump at West Acton has become 
unsafe and unfit to use any longer. This pump was the first 
pumper the town bought, which was back in 1924, making it 
twenty-three years old. We have kept it in service as long 
as was possible, but now the time has come when it must be 
junked. 

I would like to recommend replacing this pump with an 
emergency Service truck, equipped with flood lights, salvage 
blanket, rescue equipment and miscellaneous equipment, that 
cannot be carried on the other trucks, as they are over- 
loaded as it is. 

I feel that if we had a truck of this kind, we could save 
a great deal more personal property and also, we would be 
equipped and ready, should an emergency arise. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR 
Chief of Fire Department 



147 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton: 

I herewith submit my report, concerning the work of 
the Highway Department, for the year 1946. 

The regular maintenance and work of cleaning and patch- 
ing was carried on. Extensive brush cutting was done. 

A considerable amount of work was done on drainage, 
including the construction of catch basins on Concord Road, 
Prospect Street, Summer Street and Central Street. 

Five hundred feet of Bituminous Macadam Asphalt was 
put on Main Street. Twelve hundred feet will be done in 
the spring. 

Various roads were surface treated. 

High type pavement was put on Central, High, Stow, 
Hosmer, Main, Concord and River Streets. 

A policy is being followed of installing high type sur- 
faces, in order that the maintenance will become less each 
year and an opportunity to cover the secondary roads, that 
hitherto we have been unable to improve. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUSSELL C. BERRY, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 



The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

There were two accidents reported to me during the past 
year; both were of a very minor nature. 

Any person injured while working for the Town should 
report injury at once to the Compensation Agent. 

HOWARD L. JONES 

Compensation Agent 



148 
REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Animals for 
the year 1946. 

Barns visited 49 

Cows 268 

Bulls 13 

Steers 12 

Pigs 116 

Sheep 2 

Goats 16 

Young cattle 59 

Horses 24 

Dog bites 13 

Cat bite 1 

Dogs quarantined 13 

Cats quarantined 1 

Rabies 

As a whole, the barns and animals are in very good 
condition. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ERNEST E. ALLSOPP, 

Inspector of Animals. 



REPORT OF SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report, as Sealer of Weights 
and Measures, for the year ending December 31, 1946. 

During the year I sealed 351 weighing and measur- 
ing devices, 9 of that number had to be adjusted and 2 not 
being in use were not sealed. 



149 

The State Department of Standards loaned the equipment 
for measuring the Tank Truck Meter Systems as usual, thereby 
saving our merchants time and money by not having to go 
out of town to have this test made. 

I wish to thank Americo Pareago of the Maynard and 
Acton Oil Company for his kind co-operation in helping me 
with the equipment. 

The truck platform scales, of which there are six in 
all, are in excellent condition, one of that number had to 
be adjusted. 

I found the merchants very co-operative and anxious 
to have their measuring devices accurate. 

Sealing fees collected $71.47. The same was turned over 
to the Town Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK 
Sealer of Weights and Measures. 



Annual Report 

of the School Department 



. . , of the , . 



TOWN OF ACTON 



MASSACHUSETTS 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 



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Murphy & Snyder *■ Maynard, Mass, 



2 
ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Mrs. Arthur Fraser, Chairman Term expires 1947 

Mrs. J. Henry Engman Term expires 1947 

Mr. Herman H. Gatchell Term expires 1948 

Mr. Richard A. Lowden Term expires 1948 

Mrs. G. Howard Reed Term expires 1949 

Mr. Ralph B. Stearns Term expires 1949 

Meetings of the School Committee 

Regular meetings of the school committee are held the 
second Monday of each month in the high school at 8 :00 p.m. 
Exceptions may be made during July and August. 

Superintendent 

David C. Bowen 
Office— High School Building, Telephone 110 

School Physician Ernest A. May ell, M.D. 

East Acton, Telephone 345-3 

School Nurse .Mrs. Simon D. Taylor, R.N. 

North Acton, Telephone 33-22 

Attendance Officer George H. Charter 

West Acton, Telephone 110 

Custodians : 

High School, Tel. 110 George H. Charter 

Center School, Tel. 86 W. Burton Harvey 

South School, Tel. 445 Kenneth Harvey 

West School, Tel. 105 Ernest G. Banks 

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Tentative Calendar for 1947 

Monday, January 6 — Schools Open 
Friday, February 21 — Schools Close 

Monday, March 3 — Schools Open 
Friday, April 18 — Schools Close 

Monday, April 28 — Schools Open 
Friday, May 30— Holiday (Memorial Day) 
Friday, June 6 — Elementary Schools Close 
Friday, June 13 — High School Graduation 
Friday, June 20 — High School Closes 

School Year 1947-1948 

September 3 — High School Opens 
September 8 — Elementary schools open 
October 31 — Teachers' Convention 
November 11 — Holiday (Armistice Day) 
November 27 and 28 — Thanksgiving Recess 
December 24 — Schools close at noon 

1948 

January 5 — Schools open 
February 20 — Schools close 

March 1 — Schools open 
April 16 — Schools close 

April 26 — Schools open 
May 31— HoHday (Memorial Day) 
June 11 — Elementary schools close 
June 11 — High School Graduation 
June 18 — High school closes 



No School Signal— All Schools All Day 

7:00 a.m., fire whistle in all precincts — 2-2-2-2 

7:00-8:00 a.m., radio announcements over WBZ and WEEI 



STANDING RULES OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



1. Admission to School (as amended by vote of the school 
committee November 2, 1943). 

Children shall not be admitted to the public schools unless 
they are five years, nine months of age on or before September 

1. Ordinarily, entrance must come during the first two weeks 
of school. All children entering for the first time must present 
birth and vaccination certificates. 

2. Excuses for Absence and Tardiness (as amended by vote 
of the school committee January, 1944). 

Pupils are expected to attend school regularly except for 
illness. They must present a written excuse signed by parent 
or guardian stating a definite reason for each absence or 
tardiness. 

3. Detention 

Pupils may be detained after school in the afternoon not 
longer than thirty minutes in the elementary schools and for 
a longer period in the high school. 

4. Contagious Diseases. State Laws: Chapter 71, Section 55: 
Chapter 76, Section 15: 

''A child from a household where a person is ill with 
smallpox, diptheria, scarlet fever, measles, or any other in- 
fectious or contagious disease, or from a household exposed 
to contagion from any such disease in another household, shall 
not attend any public school during such illness or exposure 
until the teacher of the school has been furnished with a cer- 
tificate from the local board of health, school physician, or 
from the attending physician, stating that danger of convey- 
ing such disease by such child has passed." 



I 



TEACHERS IN SERVICE 

as of January 1, 1947 



Appt. Graduate of 



Home Address 



Center School 

*Dardana Berry (Mrs.) Prin. 
Gertrude Braman (Mrs.) 
Edith Hatch (Mrs.) 



1943 Framingham Normal Acton 
1946 Fitchburg Normal Acton 
1945 Fitchburg Normal Acton 



South School 

Julia McCarthy, Prin. 
Florence Merriam 
Jessie Gemma (Mrs.) 



1906 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 
1927 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 
1946 Fitchburg State Col. Clinton 



West School 

* Carrie Wells (Mrs.) Prin. 
Helga Archer (Mrs.) 
Carolyn Douglas (Mrs.) B.S.E. 



1943 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 
1943 Fitchburg Normal Stow 
1940 Fitchburg State Col. So. Acton 



High School 

David C. Bowen, Prin., B.S.; 

Ed.M. 
William O'Connell, B.S.E. 

Prin., Junior High School 
Mary Emerson (Mrs.) B.S. 
Mary Hogan, B.S.E. 
Henry Hopkinson, L.L.B. 
Ann Horrigan, A.B. 
Marion Towne, A.B. 
Marjorie Greene, A.B. 
Richard Headstrom, B.S. 
Maria Piermarini, B.A. 
Alexander Kyrios, B.A.; M.Ed. 
Patricia Deehan, A. B. 
Ernest 0. Wheeler 



1946 Dartmouth College E Pepperell 

Harvard University 

1945 Boston University Salem 

1943 Univ. of New Hamp. So. Acton 

1945 Boston University Springfield 
1930 Northeastern Law W. Acton 

1944 Regis College Arlington 
1921 Smith College Concord 

1946 Emmanuel College Dorchester 
1946 M. I. T. Maiden 
1946 Boston University Leominster 
1946 Tufts College Lynn 
1946 Boston University Woburn 
1946 Worcester P. L Berlin 



Supervisors 

Dorothy Toye (Mrs.) B.S.P.E. 
John Priske, A.B.; M.A. 

Elsea Bridgess 
*Acting Principal 



1343 B.U. Sargent College Lexingi-nrn 

1946 N. E. Conservatory Nashua, 
Truro College N. H. 

1946 Museum of Fine Arts, Saugus 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton: 

The school committee presents its report for the year 
1946 with that of the superintendent, which has been ac- 
cepted by the committee. 

The past year has been one of perhaps unusual activity 
in our school committee due to the resignation of Superin- 
tendent Richard B. Greenman, who completed his services 
July 31. 

There were fifty appHcants for the position of superin- 
tendent of schools and after careful thought and many inter- 
views, the committee selected Mr. David C. Bowen, who was 
at the time superintendent of schools in Tyngsborough, Dun- 
stable, and Pepperell. Mr. Bowen comes to us with a record 
of fine achievement and the school committee feels its choice 
of Mr. Bowen the best. 

The turnover of teachers was heavy this past year, but 
we were fortunate to open school in September with a full 
complement. 

In March, Mr. Ralph W. Stearns of West Acton v/as 
elected a new member of the committee and Mrs. G. Howard 
Reed of West Acton was re-elected for a term of three years. 

The Committee hopes the voters will keep in mind consoli- 
dation of our elementary school system, for the good of our 
future citizens. 

The committee asks that you appropriate the sum of 
$81,350.00 for 1947. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARGARET FRASER, Chairman 



7 
Received — To Credit of Schools 

General School Fund (Part I) $4,520.00 

Tuition and Transportation — State Wards 82.34 

Vocational Education tuition 11.30 

City of Boston Wards 130.62 

Town of Boxboro— Tuition 1,463.61 

Town of Westford— Tuition 407.22 

Miscellaneous collections at High School 73.42 
Credit — overcharge (Harcourt, Brace Co.) 2.32 

Total Receive:! $6,690.83 

Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated 1946 $73,465.50 

Expended 69,517.26 

Received by Town Treasurer (as above)^ 6,690.83 

Net cost of schools $62,826.43 

Less non-operating expenses . 988.42 

Net cost of operation $61,838.01 

Expended in 1946 

High Elementary Totals 
(Gr 7-12) (Gr 1-6) (Gr 1-12) 

Superintendance, Enforcement of Laws 

& Miscellaneous Expenses $ 1,435.96 $ 1,379.15 $ 2,815.11 

Teachers, Principals, Supervisors and 

Janitors' Salaries 30,735.42 20,254.50 50,989.92 

Books and supplier 1,927.61 877.60 2,805.21 

Fuel 1,418.17 1,361.57 2,779.74 

Janitors' Supplies — Telephone, Light 

and power (Miscellaneous operating) 1,254 78 665.23 1,920.01 

Repairs and Maintenance 1,408.48 479.66 1,888.14 

Libraries 100.24 110.47 210.71 

Health 125.00 125.00 250.00 

Transportation 2,495.00 2,375.00 4,870.00 

I Totals $40,900.66 $27,628 18 $68,528.84 
ess receipts $ 4,560.87 $ 2,129 96 $ 6,690.83 
;"'" ^-^^ 



Approximate average no. of pupils .... 240 280 520 

Average yearly cost per pupil $151.41 $91.06 $118.92 

In addition to the above, the school department expended 
the following: 

New equipment $515.00 

Tuitions to vocational schools 241.92 

Payments to Mass. Teachers' Retirement Bd 231 50 



Total of these three items $988.4 



Total expended $69,517.2{^ 

Proposed Budget for 1947 

Superintendance, Enforcement of Laws 

& Miscellaneous Expenses $ 3,400.00 

Teachers, Principals, Supervisors and 

Janitors' Salaries 59,700.00 

Books and Supplies 3,500.00 

Fuel 3,000.00 

Janitors' Supplies — Telephone, Light & 

Power (Miscellaneous operating) . . 2,200.00 

Repairs and Maintenance 2,500.00 

Libraries 200.00 

Health -. 300.00 

Transportation 5,250.00 

Outlay (New grounds and equipment) 1,000.00 

Tuition (Vocational Schools) 300.00 

$81,350.00 



4« 



School Membership and Attendance 

Membership by Age and Grade. October 1, 1946 







HIGH 


SCHOOL 














Age 








Boys: 
















Grade 


10 


11 12 13 


14 


15 


16 


17 18 


19 20 Tot. 


7 




2 6 2 


1 








11 


8 




4 10 


4 


2 


1 




21 


9 




7 


6 


2 


1 




16 


10 






6 


9 


3 


2 


20 


11 






1 


5 


14 


4 


24 


12 










1 


8 


9 






2 10 19 


18 


18 


20" 


14 


Total 101 


Girls 
















7 




7 15 4 


1 








27 


8 


» 


1 5 15 


1 








22 


9 




12 


15 


2 






29 


10 






7 


10 


2 




19 


11 








6 


13 


1 


20 


12 




8 20 31 










11 1 


1 16 




24 


18 


18 "^ 


12 1 


TTotal:T33 














Grand Total: 234 






ACTON CENTER SCHOOL 










Age 








Boys 
















Grade 


5 


6 7 8 


9 


10 


11 


12 13 


14 Tot. 


1 




10 










10 


2 




5 




1 






6 


3 




1 


4 








5 


W^ 






1 


6 






7 


K5 








2 5 






7 


■^ 












4 




1 8 


Bigraded 






2 


1 


1 


4 


■ 




10 6 


5 


9 To 


5 


1 


1 47 



10 



Girls 














1 


6 


1 










2 


2 


6 


1 








3 






1 


3 






4 






2 


1 






5 






2 




3 




6 
Ungraded 




1 


1 






7 
1 



8 8 7 4 3 8 



Grand Totals 18 14 12 13 13 13 1 

SOUTH ACTON SCHOOL 
Age 



Boys 






















Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 14 


Tot. 


1 


1 


7 


1 














9 


2 






7 


2 












9 


3 








2 












2 


4 








4 


5 


2 








11 


5 












2 


1 


1 




4 


6 












2 


5 


1 




8 


Ungraded 








1 




1 








2 


Total 


1 


7 


8 


9 


5 


7 


6 


2 




45 


Girls 






















1 




7 


1 














8 


2 




1 


9 


3 












13 


3 






3 


4 












7 


4 








4 


4 


1 








^ 


5 




• 






2 


7 


1 






10^ 


6 












2 


5 




1 


g' 


Ungraded 






















Total 




8 
15 


13 


11 


6 


10 


6 




1 


55 


Grd. Tot. 


1 


21 


20 


11 


17 


12 


2 


1 


lOOt 













11 


















WEST ACTON SCHOOL 
















Ag€ 












Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 14 


Tot. 


Boys 






















1 


1 


15 


1 














17 


2 




1 


9 


2 












12 


3 








9 












9 


4 








1 


3 


2 


1 






7 


5 










1 


6 


3 


1 




11 


6 












2 


5 


5 


1 


13 


Totals 


1 


16 


10 


12 


4 


10 


9 


6 


1 


69 


Girls 






















1 


3 


3 


1 


1 












8 


2 






4 














4 


3 






2 


4 


1 










7 


4 








2 


4 










6 


5 










3 


9 


2 






14 


6 












2 


4 






6 


Totals 


3 


3 


7 


7 


8 


11 


6 






45 



Grd. Tot. 4 19 17 19 12 21 15 6 1 114 



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REPORT OF THE 
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton, Massachusetts 

The year 1946 may be remembered by those especially 
interested in the Acton schools as a year of changes in the 
school personnel. Since June, 1946 you have had a new super- 
intendent and six new teachers in the high school faculty of 
twelve. The following teachers came to us in September: 
Miss Greene, Latin; Miss Piermarini, French; Miss Deehan, 
Junior High history and geography ; Mr. Headstrom, science ; 
Mr. Kyrios, Senior High history and civics, and coach of boys' 
basketball; and Mr. Wheeler, industrial arts. There were two 
changes in the elementary schools — Mrs. Gemma, Grades 
5 and 6 in the South school and Mrs. Braman, Grades 1 and 2 
in the Center School. It was also necessary to hire a music 
supervisor and an art teacher. For these positions we obtained 
Mr. Priske for music and Miss Bridgess for art. Mrs. Toye, 
who was Miss Beers until a few months ago, has resigned 
and will leave in February. This will leave a vacancy in the 
department of physical education for girls. We have also a 
new secretary in the high school office — Miss Anderson from 
Westford. Expressing this in a different way, there are only 
two teachers in the high school who have taught in Acton 
over a period of years. They are Miss Towne and Mr. Hop- 
kinson. Mrs. Emerson began teaching in 1943. Miss Horrigan 
came in 1944, and Miss Hogan and Mr. O'Connell both came 
in 1945. 

Mr. Charter has returned from the Army and has been 
placed in his former position as custodian of the high school 
building and truant officer. 

We are requesting a larger budget for teachers' salaries 
with the hope that we can reduce the number of changes and 
can attract experienced teachers when changes are necessary. '. 

I 

Our schools are not perfect. We must recognize the need 

for improvement in attitudes, general deportment, and attend- 
ance, but with the continued cooperation of parents, teachers,! 



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and the large majority of the pupils, we certainly will have 
reason to be proud of our schools. 

Parents should become familiar with our problems and 
should miake it their business to know our teachers. This 
should be done as soon as possible. In most cases the better 
acquainted the parents and teachers become the better will 
be the cooperation between the home and the school, and the 
better will be the training and education received by the 
pupils. In other words, the taxpayers are more likely to get 
what they expect for the money they are appropriating for 
schools. , 

Acton is growing and from all indications it will grow 
very fast in the next few years. This growth will necessitate 
changes in the school plant within a very few years. My 
recommendation is that some thought be given to how this 
growth will be met when it becomes necessary to make 
changes. It might be well to acquire land while it is available 
in anticipation of future needs. We certainly will need more 
facilities for athletics, and for health and recreation programs. 

We may not need a plant the size of Concord's but it 
would be nice to have room to grow in the future as more 
room becomes necessary. Our present facilities are not ade- 
quate even now to accommodate all the boys and girls who 
wish to take part in intra-mural basketball, and there is very 
hmited seating capacity for those who enjoy watching our 
games. The playing space is not regulation size nor is the 
ceiling as high as it should be for high school games. 

It has been my experience that correct attitudes and 
good citizenship can be taught very well and to very good 
advantage through a well organized athletic and recreation 
program. 

I wish to call attention to the reports of special depart- 
ments which follow. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID C. BOWEN, 

Superintendent of Schools. 



14 
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 



Center School: 



I herewith submit my report for the Acton Center School 
for the year 1946. 

The teaching staff from January to June was Miss Rob- 
erts in Grades 1 and 2, Mrs. Hatch in Grades 3 and 4, and Mrs. 
Berry in Grades 5 and 6. In June, Miss Roberts resigned and 
Mrs. Braman was appointed. The average enrollment was 
eighty-five. There are sixty pupils who bring lunches regu- 
larly. Milk is sold to these pupils. 

The children took part in the Infantile Paralysis collec- 
tion. Their enrollment in the Junior Red Cross was 100 per 
cent. Red Cross boxes were filled for needy children abroad. 
Seeds were sold in the spring, as usual, to aid our school fund. 

The fifth and sixth grade children took part in the annual 
music festival held in Needham. In June, they left money 
for the school fund and presented two books, ''Wonders of 
Science'' and "Battle Stations", to the school. Several of the 
children in Grades 4, 5, and 6 were presented state certificates 
for books read during the year, under the direction of Miss 
Lothrop, our librarian. 

The Parent Teachers' Association kindly sent us a gener- 
ous check which enabled us to buy much needed playground 
equipment. Mr. Harvey kindly added to our baseball equip- 
ment. From the proceeds of a food sale, sponsored by our 
parents, more equipment was procured. 

I respectfully submit the following recommendations : 

1. A new heating system which would give an even 
heat to all rooms. 

2. An extension of the chain-link fence in front of the 
building and the entire grounds fenced in. 

3. An outside fire escape leading from Mrs. Hatch's 
room on the upper floor and an opening directly ou* 
of Mrs. Braman's room to join this. 

4. Playground equipment to be supplied by the school de- 
partment. 



15 

I wish to thank Mrs. Hatch, Mrs. Braman, and Mr. Har- 
vey for their fine cooperation which has made the atmosphere 
of the school so harmonious. 

DARDANA BERRY 

Acting Principal 



West School: 

The West Acton School opened in September with the 
same staff of teachers. Mrs. Wells in Grades 1 and 2 has forty 
pupils, Mrs. Archer in Grades 3 and 4 has twenty-seven 
pupils, and Mrs. Douglas in Grades 5 and 6 has forty-one 
pupils. 

The total enrollment on September 9, 1946 was 114 pupils. 
The present enrollment, December 20, 1946, is 108 pupils. 

The average number of pupils bringing lunches at noon is 
thirty-eight. 

Fire drills are held monthly. 

An average of thirty bottles of milk has been sold daily 
since September. 

Junior Red Cross enrollment was 100 per cent. Enough 
gifts to fill nine boxes were given by the children to be sent 
overseas. 

Money gained from selling seeds purchased 'The Geo- 
graphic Magazine" for Grades 5 and 6, ''The Weekly Reader", 
a small newspaper, for Grades 2, 3, and 4, and soft balls an(i 
marbles for Grade 1. 

A gift of $20 from the Parent Teachers' Association pur- 
chased a football, a volley ball, and a basketball. 

Education week was observed by holding open house from^ 
7-9 p.m. Teachers were in their respective rooms to talk over 
any matter of interest to the parents regarding the progress 
of their children. 

The playground is now in very good condition, the adding 
of three more loads of gravel, very generously given by Mrs. 
Arthur Eraser — Chairman of the School Committee, has made 
it possible for the children to enjoy the grounds at all times. 



16 

The pupils of Grades 5 and 6 took part in the Music Fes 
tival held last May at Needham, Massachusetts, and returned 
with a rating of B+. 

A much needed radiator was installed in Mrs. Wells' room 
which helps to keep the room at a more comfortable tempera- 
ture. 

Mrs. Wells attended the four day conference held at the 
Massachusetts State Teachers' College in Bridgewater last 
June and was awarded a certificate of attendance. 

We appreciate the fine spirit of cooperation and helpful- 
ness given us by the parents. 

In closing, I wish to thank my co-workers, Mrs. Archer 
and Mrs. Douglas, for their cooperation in all projects and 
assistance in supervision. 

CARRIE F. WELLS, 

Acting Principal 



South SchooL- 

I herewith submit my annual report for the South Acton 
School. 

The September enrollment was as follows: Mrs. Gemma, 
Grades 5 and 6, thirty pupils ; Miss McCarthy, Grades 3 and 4, 
thirty-one pupils; Miss Merriam, Grades 1 and 2, forty-twc^ 
pupils. Because of withdrawals and entries, the present en- 
rollment stands twenty-six, twenty-eight, forty-three. 

Fire drills are held monthly. The milk sale averages 
sixty bottles a day. Owing to the large number of pupils 
bringing lunches, two teachers are now on duty during the 
lunch hour. Sixth grade girls assist in the supervision of the 
girls' basement. The Red Cross enrollment was 96 per cent. 
State Certificate Reading is carried on in three grades. 

Several donations have been received this year. In June, 
the Acton Parent-Teacher Association gave the school $20. 
This money has been used to pay for baseball gloves, repairs 
on the soccer and football, and subscriptions to two maga- 
zines. The teachers and pupils are very grateful for this 
generous gift. During the summer, Mr. John C. Starbuck 
kindly donated thirty-two folding chairs for use in the lunch 



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room. These chairs have been renovated by Mr. Harvey and 
are a great help in times of assem.bly. We have extended our 
thanks to Mr. Starbuek. Two trees were very thoughtfully 
donated at Christmas by Mr. and Mrs. Manter and Mr. Morse. 

In May, a Day of Plays was conducted. Each room pre- 
pared two plays. We intended to hold our performance outside, 
but the weather being very rainy, we used our lunch room and 
played to a crowded house. After the program there was a 
silver collection which amounted to $10.60. In the same month 
the sixth grades from all Acton schools received honorable 
mention at the Needham Music Festival. 

During Education Week in November, parents were spe- 
cially invited for an afternoon program. Many mothers re- 
sponded. Girls of the sixth grade served refreshments, a 
large portion of which they brought from home. At the 
school Christmas Party, the boys of the fifth and sixth grades 
were responsible for decorations, served the refreshments, and 
helped to clean up the room afterward. Through these and 
other activities, the teachers are trying to establish a sense 
of responsibility and courtesy coupled with industry. I am 
very grateful for the cooperation of my fellow workers. 

In concluding, I would like to make the following sugges- 
tions — 1. that the first grade be trained separately through 
employment of another teacher, and 2. that some facihty for 
obtaining hot water be installed in the building. 

JULIA L. McCarthy, 

Principal 



High School: 
Conant Library 

The library is open for reference work a number of 
periods during the day and until 3:15 p.m. after school. Book^^ 
can be drawn out in the morning before school, during the 
noon lunch hour, and after school. 

There is a great need for many more books on fiction, 
biographies, autobiographies, and historical novels. These 
books are needed for the required reading in the courses in 
English. There are also a number of reference books needed. 



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A large percentage of the present senior high school books 
are read before the end of the school year. 

We hope to get some of the much needed books after 
January 1. 

We wish to thank Doctor Mayell for his gift to the school 
library of a set of Stoddard Lectures. 

The fund, left the school by Miss Charlotte Conant, will 
help in adding historical books to the library. 

HENRY HOPKINSON, 

Librarian 



Dramatics 

The Senior Class of Acton High School presented Vivian 
Mayo's comedy "A Pair of Country Kids" to a capacity audi- 
ence on the evening of November 15, 1946. The pupils were 
rewarded by the generous applause and appreciation of the 
audience for the time and effort put into the play. 

As the school had no permanent set, the class used the 
Dramatic Club Fund for materials to build one. This required 
a great deal of enterprise and initiative on the part of many 
pupils. 

Rehearsals have begun for the presentation of three 
one-act plays, ''High School Daze", "'The Case of the Weird 
Sisters", and "Sweet Adeline"', in the spring. 

ANN F. HORRIGAN 



Commercial Department 

This year the work of the commercial department has 
been taught by several teachers, but the objectives of a work- 
ing business knowledge for each student taking the commercial 
course have been maintained. The first and second year short- 
hand classes have been divided so that beginning and advanced 
classes are now taught as two different sections. Second year 
shorthand is now transcription which combines shorthand 
and typewriting as a person employed in the business world 
would combine them. 

The equipment of the tjiDing room should be renewed 
and the outmoded typewriters replaced. Another suggestion 



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for this department is that a general office practice class 
including all phase? of office work be introduced and required 
by all students carrying the commercial course. 

MARY HOGAN 



Elementary Schools and Girls' Physical Education 

The elementary schools program of physical education 
was concerned with the building of strong bodies for the 
future. It included exercises, games, health charts, and in- 
spections, with special emphasis on good posture and good 
sportsmanship. 

The physical education program for high school girls 
tried to meet the needs of each student and through the year 
provide some type of activity that would prove beneficial and 
enjoyable to each, as well as provide a carry-over value in 
their future life. Opportunities for all were found in bad- 
minton, deck tennis, horseshoes, darts, volleyball, basketball, 
Softball, and field hockey. Folk dancing, ballroom dancing, and 
square dancing were also a part of the program, teaching co- 
ordination, rhythm, and self-confidence. The extra-curricular 
sports, field hockey and basketball, offered keen competition 
for a small group in the interscholastic games, and the intra- 
mural games gave experience to a larger group. 

The health program included one theory class a week for 
Grades 7, 8, 9 and 10, with health books for each class. Health 
films supplemented the study and proved very helpful and 
educational. 

As in the past, the present and most continuous need in 
physical education is for additional and better facilities and 
equipment on the field and in the gymnasium. 

DOROTHY B. TOYE 

Art 

All children should be taught the value of the study of 
art, at least through the Junior High School grades. Through 
this subject we gain a better appreciation of beauty in the 
world about us. The study of color and design helps people 
to dress in better taste and to make their homes more attrac- 



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live. To some people it offers a hobby with which to spend 
their leisure time. Many adults earn their living by some 
phase of art, and natural tendencies are often discovered 
in art classes in school. For these reasons all pupils should 
be encouraged to study and get as much as possible from the 
short time allowed in school to the art courses. 

I hope all concerned will cooperate so that our pupils 
will find the study of art a pleasure and valuable in the 
coming year. 

ELSEA M. BRIDGESS 



Music 

This report is, necessarily, based upon a brief but careful 
analysis of conditions as I find them, rather than upon any 
records of past achievements or records, with which I am not 
familiar. 

The Department of Music Education in the Acton Schools 
is endeavoring to institute a program of reorganization and 
such improvement as seems essential to the best interest of 
the students. 

In the high school, a schedule is being arranged, which, 
it is hoped, will enable the music students to receive a maxi- 
mum of music training and experience with a minimum of 
time-loss in the pursuit of knowledge in other required 
subjects. 

A survey reveals that student-interest in participatory 
music is about average in vocal mmsic, but below average in 
instrumental music. This judgment is based upon the will- 
ingness or unwillingness of the students to consider the best 
interest of the group before their own personal convenience 
or inconvenience. 

A girls' glee club and a boys' chorus are on the way to a 
reasonably eflfective technical proficiency. As opportunity per- 
mits, these will be amalgamated from time to time into a 
chorus of mixed voices. 

So far, it has not been possible to organize a junior glee 
club with students from Grades 7 and 8. 

There is a serious lack of suitable book and other musical 
material for the use of both the high school and the junioi 



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high. This condition can, eventually, be remedied by replac- 
ing the present books with more modern material. In the 
interim, most of the music, both vocal and instrumental, has 
bean from the supervisor's personal library. 

Neither the instrumentation of the instrumental units, 
nor the ability of the students to play, is, at present, equal to 
the demands of standard high school repertoire of Class A or 
Class B grade. 

To correct the former deficiency, it will be necessary to 
purchase two or three basic instruments, which are indis- 
pensable in modern units. Steps have already been taken to 
correct the latter through the development of new talent. 

Any pupil in the school who owns a standard band instru- 
ment may receive basic instruction and training from the 
supervisor without cost if the pupil agrees to play in either 
the school band or orchestra, subject to the approval and 
control of the supervisor, the entire period of the pupiFs en- 
rollment in the school. 

Professional pamphlets outlining the supervisor's aims 
in Music Education have been placed in the hands of all grade 
teachers and additional ones will be issued with more specific 
directions as the system advances. 

JOHN PRISKE 



Industrial Arts 

Due to world conditions the work in the Arts and Indus- 
tries Laboratory has been curtailed ; however, we have partly 
overcome the shortages and high prices of materials and 
equipm.ent by using tin cans for sheet metal and by using 
second-hand lumber, metals, and all the used materials we 
could collect. 

We solicit donations of equipment, materials, and supplies. 

I would suggest that parents and guardians visit our shop 
in order to better understand and appreciate what we are 
doing. If this suggestion is followed, misunderstandings and 
troubles will be reduced to a minimum. 

A furnace for melting, forging, and heat treatment of 
metals would be a desirable addition to the shop. An Arc 
Welder would also be useful. The purchase of a machinist 



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lathe to take the place of one which is very old, obsolete, and 
worn out, should be considered. We could also use a small 
sheet metal brake. If a building program is ever planned, a 
larger shop should be considered. 

I wish to thank the school committee, superintendent, 
teachers, and janitor for their cooperation. 

ERNEST 0. WHEELER 



Acton High School Athletic Association 

At Acton High School this year a drive was started in 
early September for members for the Athletic Association. 
It was very successful with 75 per cent of the students 
joining. On October 18, 1946 the Athletic Association con- 
ducted a dance which resulted in a profit of $87.95 being 
added to the treasury. The annual magazine drive resulted 
in increasing the treasury by $275. 

Before the basketball season commenced, the Athletic 
Association sold student and adult season tickets with the 
result that a student can now see any of our home games for 
an average of 12 cents less tax. Our balance sheet as of 
December 20, 1946 was $501. 

The physical education program for boys at Acton High 
has attempted to reach every individual in the school. As 
usual we are being represented by a basketball team which has 
a twenty-one game schedule. The highlight of the season will 
take place at the Boston Garden on February 13 when Maynard 
High School will play Acton High School. The first squad is 
composed of ten men while the second squad is composed of 
fifteen players and has a schedule of about twelve games. In 
addition, we have organized a junior high school team which 
also will play about twelve games. 

The interest of the students has risen to the point where 
anywhere from fifty to one hundred students accompany the 
team on its out-of-town games. As usual the home games 
are packed to capacity. We have initiated a uniformed cheer- 
leader section which has been praised by the visiting teams 
as well as by many of the local townspeople. 

However, the athletic department has not confined itself 
to interscholastic sports. Our slogan has been ''Athletics for 



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one, athletics for all." Thus, we have initiated an intra-mural 
program with the specific purpose of attracting those students 
who are desirous of playing sports but feel that they are not 
proficient enough to compete on the regular teams. The re- 
sults have been most gratifying with the result that over forty 
boys who normally would not participate on the regular teams 
have actively competed in touch football, soccer and basket- 
ball. The latter sport in particular, has been very popular and 
six full teams have been competing under an intra-mural 
collegiate league. 

The spirit of the students has been increased by the free 
bus to all home games. This has been accomplished through 
the help of the Parent Teachers' Association. We wish to 
thank Mr. Simpson and the Parent Teachers' Association for 
this fine gesture. 

Towels for all players in basketball games this year have 
been furnished by the school. Visiting teams greatly appre- 
ciate this courtesy. 

Recommendations are as follows: 

1. A full time physical education instructor to supervise 
the health and physical education in both the junior 
and senior high schools. 

2. Expansion of the intra-mural sports program to in- 
clude all major sports. Thus, each and every student 
will be afforded the opportunity to participate in sports 
regardless of ability. 

3. A consideration of the possibility of the construction 
of a new gymnasium with all essential equipment. At 
the present time, the auditorium is not adequate as a 
gymnasium and also has a limited seating capacity. 

4. The flooding of the field near the high school so that 
the students may enjoy skating and the playing of 
hockey. 

WILLIAM O'CONNELL 
ALEXANDER KYRIOS 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. David C. Bowen 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

The usual physical examinations were completed on 
October 30, 1946. 

Special physical examinations were conducted for the 
students playing hockey and basketball, and recommendations 
made. 

There have been no serious diseases in the schools and 
very few contagious diseases requiring absence. 

Inoculation clinics for diphtheria were held in May in 
the lower grades in conjunction with the Board of Health. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M.D. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. David C. Bowen 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Sir: 

Report for the school year ending December, 1946 follows : 

Pre-school clinic was held late in April, when pupils 
entering school in September for the first time had the oppor- 
tunity of being examined. Recommendations for correction 
of defects found were made in order that these defects could 
be corrected before the start of the school year. 

The Diphtheria Clinic was held in May. A chance wa> 
given for all pre-school children to be immunized against 
diphtheria at this time. Fifty pupils were given the Schiek 
Test and seventy-five inoculations against diphtheria were 
also given. 

The annual school physical examinations were completed 
early in November by Dr. Mayell. All pupils taking part in 
competitive games were examined before the start of practice. 

There were a few cases of measles, mumps, and whooping 
cough during the spring months. This fall the pupils havf^ 
been quite free from communicable diseases. 

The cooperation of the superintendent and the teacher^ 
has been deeply appreciated. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R.N. 



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ACTON HIGH SCHOOL 

Graduation Program 

June 14, 1946 

Entrance March 

Pomp and Circumstance Elgar 

Invocation 

The Reverend Gilbert S. Zimmerman 
Salutatory 

Mary Eleanor Gilbert 
Violin Solo 

Bouree Handel 

Marguerite Ruth Byers 
Address 

Lt. Commander William H. Blough 
Chaplain, U.S.N.R. 
Trumpet Solo 

Andantino Lemare 

Bradford Marsh Newell 
Presentation of Class Gift 

Martha Ann Jones, President of Senior Class 
Senior Chorus 

Lucy Briggs, June Post, Rosman Fenton, 

Martha Jones, Dorothy Schnair, Joy Steele, 

Bradford Newell, Phyllis Hartwell 
Valedictory 

Marguerite Ruth Byers 
Class Song 

Words: Phyllis Whitcomb Hartwell 

Music: June Theresa Post 
Presentation of Awards 

Mr. Richard B. Greenman, Superintendent of Schools 

Mr. Walter W. Holt, Vice-Principal 
Presentation of Diplomas 

Mrs. Arthur Eraser, Chairman of School Committee 
National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance 
Benediction 

The Reverend Stephen G. Murray 



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Recessional March 

True to Our Flag George Ellwood 

Reception to Graduates 



GRADUATES, 1946 

Helen Elizabeth Anderson Roy Hewitt Linscott, Jr. 

William Joseph Ashline, Jr. *Jean Livermore 
Lucy Ann Briggs Roger Edward Morse 

Marguerite Ruth Buyers Bradford Marsh Newell 

Chauncy Rosman Fenton June Theresa Post 

Mary Eleanor Gilbert Charles Robert Priest 

Phyllis Whitcomb Hartwell Eileen Emily Rolfe 
Mildred Evelyn Hollowell Dorothy Alice Schnair 

Hazel Jenks *Joy Steele 
Martha Ann Jones Clare Mary Walther 

Shirley Dorothy LeDuke 

'Honor Students 



AWARDS 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship 
Marguerite Ruth Byers 

Acton High School Scholarship of $100 

To a deserving and meritorious student for the first year 
in a university, college, or technical school. 

Mary Eleanor Gilbert 

Improvement Prizes 

Two $25 war bonds awarded by Mrs. Robert A. Reid to a 
boy and girl in the senior class who have shown the 

I greatest scholastic improvement in the last four years, 
and who have shown a cooperative attitude through 
their service to the school. 
Martha Ann Jones 



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National Honor Society Pins 

The top 15 per cent of the graduating class 

Marguerite Ruth Byers 
Mary Eleanor Gilbert 
Joy Steele 
Jean Livermore 

American Legion Medals 

To the best all around boy and girl in the senior class as 
judged for scholarship, loyalty, and achievement. 
Marguerite Ruth Byers 
Roger Howard Morse 

Washington and Franklin Medal 

Awarded by the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of 
the American Revolution for excellence in the study of 
United States History. 
Mary Eleanor Gilbert 

Good Citizenship Certificate 

Awarded by the National Society of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution to a Good Citizen of Acton High 
School for the current year, who has demonstrated 
through her entire course qualities of dependability, lead- 
ership, service, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. 
Martha Ann Jones 

Bauscsh and Lomb Honorary Science Award Medal 

For achieving the highest scholastic record in science- 
courses during high school 
Mary Eleanor Gilbert 

Physics Prize 

Prize of $10 gift of Carl A. Christofferson for excellence 
in Physics in 1945-1946 
Phyllis Whitcomb Hartwell 

Reader's Digest Award 

A year's subscription to the Reader's Digest presented 
in recognition of past accomplishment and in anticipa- 
tion of unusual achievement to come. 
Marguerite Ruth Byers 



INDEX 
First Section 

Assessors 74 

Board of Health 132 

Inspector of Slaughtering 133 

Cemetery Commissioners 143 

Dog Officer 142 

Elizabeth White Fund 79 

Fence Viewers, Report of 142 

Finance Committee 2 

Fire Department 146 

Forest Warden 144 

Inspector of Animals 148 

Librarian's Report 120 

Books Added— 1946 121 

Middlesex County Extension Service 138 

Moth Superintendent 140 

Police Departmicnt 136 

Proposed Zoning By-Laws 62 

Proposed Building By-Laws 69 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 148 

Selectmen's Report 19 

State Election — November 5, 1946 39 

Superintendent of Streets 147 

Tax Collector 75 

Town Accountant 91 

Balance Sheet, December 31, 1946 116-119 

Town Clerk's Report 44 

Births 45 

Marriages 49 

Deaths 53 

Non-Resident Burials 54 

Dog Licenses 55 

Jury List (Revised) 1946 61 



Town Forest Committee 141 

Town Meeting (Abstract) March 11, 1946 21 

Town Meeting (Abstract) , December 9, 1946 34 

Town Nurse 139 

Town Officers 13 

Appointments by Selectmen 15 

Treasurer's Report 80 

Tree Warden 140 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 145 

Welfare Department 134 

Warrant, Monday, March 11, 1946 3 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 147 

Second Section 

Schools : 

Calendar — 1947-1948 3 

Budgets for 1947 8 

Financial Report 7 

Graduation Program 26 

Organization 2 

Report of Principals of Elementary Schools and Super- 
visors 14 

School Committee 6 

Rules of School Committee 4 

School Nurse '^5 

School Physician ^4 

Statistics • • . . . 9 

Superintendent 1^2 

Teachers ^ 



ANNUAL 
REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 




W ike ifeoA i^ndincf' %ecemJjie4' 3/dt, 

1947 



ANNUAL 
REPORTS 



OF THE 



SEVERAL OFFICIAL BOARDS 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 




1947 



Murphy &. Snyder, Maynard, Massachusetts 



REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE 



If the recommendations of the Finance Committee are 
voted, it estimates that the tax rate will be about $40.00 per 
thousand on our real estate and personal property providing 
the State and County assessments on the town and all other 
receipts to the town are about the same as last year. For 
every $1000.00 appropriated above our recommendations the 
tax rate will increase 25 cents. 

Respectfully submitted, 

W. STUART ALLEN 
PRENTICE W. BLOOD 
ROBERT CHARLES 
PORTER G. JENKS 
ORSON K. MILLER 
HERBERT W. MERRIAM 

Finance Committee 



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TOWN WARRANT 



COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction 
of town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, to wit: 

Precinct 1 — Town Hall, Acton Center 
Precinct 2 — Universalist Church, South Acton 
Precinct 3 — Woman's Club House, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the first day of March, 1948, by 
posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each of 
the places as directed by vote of the town, seven days at 
least before the first day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following 
town officers: Moderator, tow^n clerk, town treasurer, collector 
of taxes, one selectman for three years ; one assessor for 
three years; one member of the board of public welfare for 
three years ; four constables for one year ; one cemetery com- 
missioner for three years ; two members of the school com- 
mittee for three years ; one member of the board of health 
for three years ; one trustee Memorial Library for three years ; 
and a tree warden. Also to vote "Yes" or "No" on the follow- 
ing question : "Shall the provisions of section forty of chapter 
seventy-one of the General Laws, as amended, relative to 



equal pay for men and women teachers be in force in this 
town?" 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 
8 o'clock p.m. 



You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the Town Hall, in said Acton on Monday, 
March 8, 1948, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. Then and there to act 
on the following articles: 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and 
committees and fix the salary and compensation of all elec- 
tive officers of the town. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the salaries of 
elach Selectman and the Town Treasurer he raised $100.00 
this year and that the increase he retroactive to January 1, 
1948. The Committee also recommends that the salary of the 
Tree Warden he fixed, at $1.25 per hour plus $.65 per hour 
for use of a truck. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the town officers and boards or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00 or some other sum, for the 
observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended under 
the direction of a committee appointed by the Board of 
Selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the 



revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1948, and 
to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and 
to renew any note or notes as may be given for a period of 
less than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws. 

Article 6. To see if the tow^n will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300.00 for the use of the Treasurer 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount spent 
for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by the 
County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance ComTYiittee recommends favorable nction. 

Article 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $2500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable nction. 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum. of $2000.00 or some other sum, so that 
the Board of Health may contract for the collection and dis- 
posal of garbage for a period of one year, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recomraends favorable nction. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for 
the replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable mction. 

Article 10. To see what sum. of money the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses 
of the several departments of the town and determine how 
the same shall be raised. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the following 
sums of money be raised and appropriated for the several 
purposes hereinafter designated and that the same be ex- 
pended only for the purposes under the direction of the re~ 



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spective boards, committees, 07' officers of the town, as folloivs : 

Recommended Expended 



Item General Government 4.9'/ 


of Total 


1948 


1947 


1 


Moderator 




$ 25.00 


$ 15.00 


2 


Finance Committee 




150.00 


48.55 


3 


Selectmen Sal. & V^ages 




2,200.00 


1,699.41 


4 


Expenses 




150.00 


140.40 


5 


Town Accountant Sal. & Wages 


700.00 


700.00 


6 


Expenses 




100.00 


51.59 


7 


Treasurer Sal. & Wages 




750.00 


650.00 


8 


Expenses 




250.00 


194.99 


9 


Collector Sal. & Wages 




1,550.00 


1,412.90 


10 


Expenses 




300.00 


299.71 


11 


Assessors Sal. & Wages 




1,800.00 


1,632.75 


12 


Expenses 




200.00 


178.70 


13 


Town Clerk Sal. & Fees 




500.00 


503.00 


14 


Expenses 




200.00 


102.92 


15 


Elections & Registrations Sal. & Wages 900.00 


563.00 


16 


Expenses 
Total General Government 




450.00 


146.36 


17 


$10,225.00 






Buildings & Grounds 2.5'^ 


of Total 






18 


Buildings & Grounds Sal. & Wages 


$2,805.00 


1,903.59 


19 


Expenses 




2,400.00 


1,791.26 



20 Total Buildings & Grounds $5,205.00 

Protection of Persons & Property 10.57^ of Total 

21 Police Sal. & Wages $6,062.00 $3,791.05 



22 


Expenses including cruiser 


1,475.00 


1,018.66 


23 


Fire Dept. Sal. & Wages 


2,665.00 


2,053.35 


24 


Expenses 


2,000.00 


2,603.23 


25 


Fire Hydrant Rental 


3,800.00 


3,252.99 


26 


Forest Fire 


1,500.00 


1,468.95 


27 


Sealer of Wgts. & Measures Sal. 


& W. 200.00 


200.00 


28 


Expenses 


50.00 


25.74 


29 


Moth Dept. Sal. & Wages 


950.00 


946.49 


30 


Expenses 


1,050.00 


1,048.59 



31 


Tree Warden Sal. & Wages 


1,400.00 


1,700.00 


32 


Expenses 
Total Protection 


600.00 


599.63 


33 


$21,752.00 






Health & Sanitation 2.5 'v of Total 






34 


Board of Health Sal. & Wages 


$4,300.00 


4,207.26 


35 


Expenses 


700.00 


661.77 


36 


Inspection of Animals 


150.00 


150.00 



37 Total Health & Sanitation 



$5,150.00 



Highways 13.6 ^; of Total 

38 Village Highways 

39 Chapter 81 Highways 

40 Chapter 90 Highways 

41 Snow Eemoval 

42 Street Lighting 

43 Total Highways 



$2,000.00 
8,550.00 
3,000.00 

10,000.00 
4,600.00 

$28,150.00 



1,630.49 
21,374.96 
2,339.90 
9,947.51 
4,342.73 



Charities 16.1 '; of Total 

44 Gen. Relief Sal. & Wages 

45 Expenses 

46 Expenditure 

47 Old Age Expenditure 

48 A. D. C. Expenditure 

49 Total Charities 

Veterans' Aid 3.1^? of Total 

50 Veterans' Benefits Sal. & Wages 

51 Expenses 

52 Expenditure 

53 Veterans' Service Sal. & Wages 

54 Expenses 



$1,335.20 
150.00 

4,500.00 
25,000.00 

3,000.00 

$33,985.20 



$1^0.00 

25.00 

5,000.00 

1,050.00 

100.00 



1,335.20 

85.50 

3,502.97 

42,602.87 

2,507.25 



100.00 

6.02 

2,398.99 

947.10 

13.60 



55 Total Veterans' Aid 



$6,325.00 



Education 41^/ of Total 
56 Schools Sal. & Wages $65,000.00 61,559.35 



57 


Fuel 


4,000.00 


3,199.94 


58 


Books & Supplies 


3,400.00 


3,015.31 


59 


Transportation 


6,000.00 


5,186.00 


60 


Tuition 


300.00 


234.38 


61 


elanitors' Supplies & Power, 


Repairs 






& Misc. 


4,700.00 


4,553.79 


62 


Outlay 


1,000.00 


940.99 


63 


Library 


200.00 


147.30 


64 


Health 

Total Education 


275.00 


259.69 


65 


$84,875.00 






Libraries .9% of Total 






66 


Libraries Sal. & Wages 


$800.00 


759.50 


67 


Expenses 


900.00 


669,19 


68 


Books 


300.00 


601.73 



69 Total Libraries $2,000.00 

Recreation .57< of Total 

70 Playgrounds $1,000.00 1,593.35 



$1,000.00 



71 

72 
73 

74 


Unclassified 1.49^ of Total 

Miscellaneous Expenses 
Town Reports 
Workmen's Compensation 
Surety Bonds 


$1,000.00 
800.00 
900.00 
300.00 


495.50 
563.64 
733.60 
281.25 



75 Total Unclassified $3,000.00 

Cemeteries 2.3% of Total 

76 Cemeteries Sal. & Wages $4,000.00 3,470.14 

77 Expenses 900.00 612.12 



78 Total Cemeteries $4,900.00 



Maturing Debt & Interest .5Vr of Total 

79 Maturing Debt $1,000.00 1,000.00 

80 Interest 150.00 165.00 



81 Total Debt & Interest $1,150.00 



82 Total Budget Recommendation $207,717.20 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of $700.00 for 
the purchase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the painting of traffic lines 
and signs, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recom.mends favorable action. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $3000.00 for new construction of Main 
Street from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton ; 
said money to be used in conjunction with $3000.00 to be al- 
lotted by the County and $6000.00 to be allotted by the State, 
or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
Moderator to obtain an expression of the voters present, as 
to their preference of the location of the Southerly route or 
the Northerly route of the proposed Route No. 2 as laid out 
by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, or act 
anything thereon. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Acton as printed in the town 
report, or act anything thereon. 



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Article 16. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of snow fence, 
or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 
90; provided that the reimbursement from the State and 
County be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or 
act anything thereon. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1500.00 for the purchase of necessary 
equipment for the Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable [action. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the feeding of our shade 
trees, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $150.00 for the purchase of uniforms 
for the Police Department as by General Laws Chapter 40, 
Section 6B, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $600.00 for 
the purchase of a new cruiser for the Police Department and 
authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in, sell or dispose 
of the old cruiser, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommeyids favorable action. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to appoint a Playground Committee of three; one 
member from Precinct 1 for one year; one member from 
Precinct 2 for two years, and one member from Precinct 3 
for three years ; thereafter, all appointments to be made for 
three year periods, or act anything thereon. 



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Article 23. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Playground Committee to survey possible sites in Precinct 3 
for a playground and to see if the town will vote to instruct 
the Board of Selectmen to purchase the most . desirable site; 
and to see if the town will vote to raise and appropriate the 
sum of $3000.00 or any other sum to purchase and to improve 
a playground for Precinct 3, or act anything thereon. 

While the Finotnce Committee recognizes the need of a 
playground in Precinct 3, it feels that a committee should he 
appointed to report specific recommendations and costs at a 
future tow7i meeting. 

Article 24. To see if the tow^n will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1000.00 or any other sum to be used 
by the Playground Committee to improve Coward Field, or 
act anything thereon. 

While the Finance Committee recogyiizes the desirability 
of improving Goward Field, it feels that a committee should 
be appointed to report specific recommendations and costs at 
a future town meeting. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, acting jointly, 
to appoint a committee to survey the school needs of the town 
and transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$1500.00 or any other sum, for the use of said committee, and 
to instruct it to report to the town at the next annual or 
special town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $12,000.00 or any other sum, to replace 
the present roof on the high school, and to authorize the Board 
of Selectmen and the School Committee, acting jointly, to 
appoint a committee to carry out said purpose and expend 
from said appropriation such amount as shall be necessary 
therefor, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee does not approve of an appro- 
priation of money under this article. The Committee secured 
technical advice and found that the sum asked for is insuffi- 



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dent to properly rebuild the roof. Before a major repair is 
made on the roof again, the Finance Committee wants the 
advice and recommendations of several experienced architects 
and engineers secured by the School Committee or by a 
committee appointed under this article. If a special commit- 
tee is appointed, we recommend an appropriation of $200.00 
to be used to secure technical advice and report at the next 
town meeting. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to instruct the 
Moderator to appoint a committee of five to investigate the 
needs of expanding the present fire house or building a new 
fire house in Precinct 1 and make recommendations at the 
next annual or special town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $4500.00 for 
the purpose of purchasing a Shovel Loader and attachments 
for the Highway Department, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable nction. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to pay the cost of effecting insur- 
ance providing indemnity for or protection to any officer or 
employee of the Town against loss by reason of his Hability 
to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death 
at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property, 
caused by the operation, within the scope of his official duties 
or employment of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town 
as provided by the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.) 
Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

The Finance Committee favors insurance on all town 
property and vehicles. When the question of insuring the 
toivn buildings was considered in 1945, the article tvas laid 
on the table by the voters. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to amend Article 
1 of Section 5 of the Town By-Laws by striking out said 
Article 1 and substituting therefor the amendment as printed 
in the town report, or act anything thereon. 



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Article 31. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell at public 
auction or private sales, any property heretofore or hereafter 
acquired by the town under the title proceedings, to impose 
thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they 
may deem expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and deliver 
in the name and under the seal of the Town, deeds or other 
instruments therefor, or take any other action relative 
thereto, to do or act thereon. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $3500.00 from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve 
Fund or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $400.00 for the 
purpose of purchasing a portable gasoline motor generator 
lighting set or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 



And you are directed to serve this warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting as dircted by vote of the town. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the Town Clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twenty-first day of 
January, 1948. 



A true copy. Attest : 



ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 

Selectmen of Acton 



ROBERT G. WILLETT 

Constable of Acton 



14 
TOWN OFFICERS 



Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 

Arthur W. Lee Term expires 1948 

George S. Braman Term expires 1949 

Lawrence Donnelly Term expires 1950 

Town Clerk 

Harlan E. Tut tie 

Town Treasurer 

William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

James \\\ Baker Term expires 1948 

Carl C. Flint Term expires 1949 

Albert P. Durke? Term expires 1950 

Collector of Taxes 

Carrie M. Durkee 

Tree Warden 

James J. Knight 

Board of Public Welfare 

Benjamin J. Ineson Term expires 1948 

Mary M. Laffin Term expires 1949 

Walter B. Stevens Term expires 1950 

Constables 

Ivar Peterson Robert G. Wlllett 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Michael Foley 



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Cemetery Commissioners 

Ray L. Harris Term expires 1948 

Howard F. Jones Term expires 1949 

Harry E. Holt Term expires 1950 

School Committee 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1948 

Richard A. Lowden Term expires 1948 

Marion C. Reed Term expires 1949 

Ralph W. Stearns Term expires 1949 

Ernest Simpson Term expires 1950 

Hazel P. Vose Term expires 1950 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Florence A. Merriam Term expires 1948 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1949 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1950 

Board of Health 

Lowell H. Cram Term expires 1948 

O. Lawrence Clark Term expires 1949 

Herbert L. Leusher Term expires 1950 

Agent of Board of Health 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1948 

Grace O. Lears Term expires 1949 

Clara L. Sawyer Term expires 1950 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term expires 1948 

James B. Wilson Term expires 1949 

Arnold H. Perkins ^ Term expires 1950 



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Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Clarence Frost .Term expires 1948 

Herbert Merriam Term expires 1949 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term expires 1950 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Ralph P. Marble Term expires 1948 

Horace F. Tuttie Term expires 1949 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1950 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN— 1947 

Executive Cierk 

Virginia Milbery 
Office: Town Hall Hours: 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Meetings: Board of Selectmen, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 

Board of Public Welfare 
First and third Monday evenings at 7:00 

Finance Committee 

W. Stuart Allen Robert F. Charles 

Orson K. Miller Prentice W. Blood 

Herbert W. Merriam Porter G. Jenks 

Superintendent of Streets 

Russell C. Berry 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones Term expires 1950 

Registrars of Voters 

John P. Duggan Term expires 1948 

Julia A. Barry Term expires 1949 

James B. Wilson .Term expires 1950 

Harlan E. Tuttie Ex-Officio 



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Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Alice C. Duren 
Clerk — James A. Wayne 
Inspector — Samuel E. Knowlton 
Inspector — Paul A. Coughlin 
Deputy Warden— Gertrude M. O'Neil 
Deputy Clerk— Helen R. Best 
Deputy Inspector — Roy H. Linscott 
Deputy Inspector — Leo T. McCarthy 
Teller — Marion C. Jewell 
Teller— Mary F. McCarthy 

Precinct II 

Warden — Doris Soar 
Clerk— Gladys M. Connolly 
Inspector — Marian L. Piper 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Marion H. Wilmot 
Deputy Clerk — Elizabeth A. Duggan 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector^ — Margaret F. Heath 
Teller — Martha I. Lowden 
Teller— Catherine G. Ward 

Precinct III 

Warden — Fannie E. Davis 
Clerk — Annie E. Smith 
Inspector — Louise C. O'Brien 
Inspector — Mary M. LafRn 
Deputy Warden — Bertram D. Hall 
Deputy Clerk—Elizabeth M. White 
Deputy Inspector — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Inspector — Katherine M. Kinsley 
Teller— Lena J. O'Connell 
Teller— Marion C. Reed 



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Fire Engineers 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Chief Engineer 

Clarence Frost, Asst. Engineer — Precinct I 

Lloyd W. Priest, Asst. Engineer — Precinct II 

Arno H. Perkins, Asst. Engineer — Precinct III 

Cattle Inspector 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Forest Warden 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Dog Officer 

Arthur Fraser 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Edward W. Estabrook 

Town Forest Committee 

James J. Knight Term expires 1948 

Arno H. Perkins Term expires 1949 

John M. Whittier Term expires 1950 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood Charles E. Smith 

Fence Viewers 

Robert G. Willett Edward W. Estabrook 

Louis F. Leveroni 

Field Drivers 

William H. Tillson Benjamin H. Sawyer 

Benjamin E. Derby 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James J. Knight 



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Police Officers 

^Michael Foley, Chief 

Robert G. Willett Benjamin H. Sawyer 

Louis F. Leveroni 

* Civil Service — Permanent 

Burial Agent 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Veterans' Agent 

Ernest E. Allsopp 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

John J. Bradley 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Russell C. Berry 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Howard L. Jones 

Public Weighers 

William Braman Philip Newell 

G. Howard Reed Thomas Hearon 

John William Davis Albert R. Jenks 

A. W. Davis Porter G. Jenks 

M. B. Ferber Louise Garceau 

Willard Houghton Ruth Durkin 

Waino J. Kangas Otis J. Reed 
Albert F. Sullivan 

Director of Veterans' Services 

Theron A. Lowden 



20 
SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



We hereby submit reports of the several departments 
under the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. 

During the year 1947, the Board has held 52 regular 
meetings, 8 special meetings, besides attending association 
meetings and making special trips to the State House regard- 
ing town matters. 

The petition for autom.atic half gates and flashing lights, 
which was filed with the Dept. of Public Utilities in 1946, 
has been granted and these new gates have now been installed 
at Parker Crossing and at Hapgood Crossing. 

The hydrant, for which a petition had been filed by 
property owners, with the Board of Selectmen, to be installed 
at Holland's corner on the Concord water main, has been 
completed. 

The new highway truck, for which the town voted an 
appropriation in 1946, was dehvered to the town in April, 
1947. This truck is working out very satisfactorily, and 
we believe it warrants the expenditure. 

During the year, an officer, as recommended by the Chief 
in his report of 1946, was added to the force. This has 
enabled the work to be divided between the two officers. We 
have authorized the hiring of an officer for two days a week 
in order to give the Chief and his assistant a day off in seven. 

W^e wish to call to the attention of the voters of the 
town, the fact that the majority of our call firemen attended 
a training course for one night per week for ten weeks in 
modern fire fighting methods and of handling modern fire 
equipment. This course was conducted at no expense to the 
town. We wish at this time to personally thank these men 
for giving their time for the betterment of protection of 
life and property in the Town of Acton. 

Article 21. The Board recommends the replacement of 
our present cruising car. As the cruiser now travels about 



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1000 miles a week and will be two years old next August, we 
believe it will be economy for the town to trade it in. 

Article 28. The Board recommends the purchase of a 
shovel loader and attachments for the Highway Department. 
This may be used for road work as well as for the removal 
of snow. This, we believe, is the most economical way of 
removing snow, as well as loading sand and gravel for 
road work. 

During the year, much work was done on improving 
Jones Memorial Field, the major project being the building 
of a new back-stop. Much of the material used in this back- 
stop and the two player benches were given to the town by 
public spirited citizens and the Board wishes at this time 
to thank them for their generosity, also all citizens who 
generously gave of their time to improve this field. During 
the summer and fall, this was used constantly, afternoons 
and evenings, by the townspeople. We hope to further im- 
prove this field during the coming season by adding fill and 
drains. 

The Board wishes, at this time, to express its apprecia- 
tion to all town officers and committees for their support and 
cooperation in carrying out the duties of their respective 
offices during the past year. 

ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 

Selectmen of Acton 



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TOWN MEETINGS 



Abstract of the Proceedings of the Annual Town Meeting,, 

March 10, 1947 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and 
committees and fix salaries of all town officers. 

Chose : Clara L. Sawyer trustee of the Elizabeth White 
Fund for three years. 

Chose : Frederick T. Kennedy trustee of the Acton Fire- 
men's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Arnold H. Perkins trustee of the West Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Charles E. Smith trustee of the Goodnow Fund 
for three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tax Collector be twelve 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen be three hundred dollars per annum and the 
other members two hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salaries of the Assessors be fifteen 
hundred dollars in the aggregate per annum to be appor- 
tioned as they may determine. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Health be twenty-five dollars per annum, the clerk fifteen 
dollars and the other member ten dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Public Welfare be one hundred and twenty-five dollars per 
annum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars 
each per annum and that the Board of Pubhc Welfare be 
authorized to appoint one of its members as Supervisor of 
Old Age Assistance at a salary of $600.00, in accordance with 
the provisions of Section 4A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be three 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 



Voted: That the sab.ry of the Town Treasurer be six 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed 
at $1.25 per hour plus 50 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen 
dollars for the annual meeting and ten dollars for eich special 
meeting. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the town officers. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the town officers. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any 
committees chosen at any previous meeting that have nor 
already reported. 

Acton War Record Committee Report 

At the annual town meeting held on Monday, the twelfth 
day of March 1945, it was voted under Article 27 ; as follows : 

To instruct the Moderator to appoint a committee of five 
to be known as the Acton War Record Committee, whose duty 
it shall be to compile a permarent record of all men and 
women of Acton in the military service of the United States 
or of any of its Allies in the present World War. This com- 
mittee to have full power of filling vacancies or enlarging 
the membership of the committee and that such moneys for 
the use of the committee as the Selectmen deem necessary 
from time to time be made available to the committee by the 
Selectmen or the Finance Committee from any funds within 
their control. This committee to report at the next annual 
town meeting. The Moderator appointed the following com- 
mittee, Ralph P. Marble, Herbert L. Leusher, Theron A. Low- 
den, Prentice W. Blood, and Mrs. Marjorie J. Davis. 

The committee met and organized very soon thereafter 
with, Ralph P. Marble as Chairman, Mrs. Marjorie J. Davis 
as Secretary and Theron A. Lowden as Director. Mr. Herbert 
L. Leusher's resignation was accepted with regret and Dewey 
E. Boatman elected to fill the vacancy. It was also felt that 



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inasmuch as the Town Clerk is the custodian of most Town 
records and therefore would naturally have some interest in 
these records that he should be a member of this committee, 
Harlan E. Tuttle was elected to the committee. 

During 1945 we managed to get a few supplies enabling 
us to start in recording discharges and doing elementary 
work but that was all until the Town Meeting of 1946. 

At the town meeting held on March 11, 1946, it Was 
voted: To continue the work of the Acton War Record 
Committee and that the sum of One Thousand (1000) Dollars 
be raised and appropriated for this committee. 

Since that town meeting we were still unable to get the 
necessary supplies to properly carry on this work as thoroughly 
and completely as we would like to have, but kept on recording 
discharges and laying the ground work for the time when 
they did arrive. Up to the end of the 1946 year there has 
been recorded 225 discharges and there has been given to the 
Veteran 147 copies, notarized and in proper form for him 
to use in any of many uses that are necessary. 

During December we managed to get most of the supplies 
to carry on this work as is now required by stiatute and hope 
to have everything in proper order to do the type of a service 
we feel is essential to the well being of the Veteran. 

Ralph P. Marble, Chairman 
Theron A. Lowden, Director 

Voted: That the report of the War Record Committee 
be accepted. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00, or some other sum, for the 
observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended under 
the direction of a committee appointed by the Board of Select- 
men, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hun- 
dred (500) dollars for the observance of Memorial Day, this 
sum to be expended under the direction of a committee ap- 
pointed by the Board of Selectmen. 



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Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize 
the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen, to 
borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the revenue 
of the financial year beginning January 1, 1947, and to issue 
a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew 
any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than 
one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General 
Laws. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treasurer 
with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from 
time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial 
year beginning January 1, 1947, and to issue a note or notes 
therefor, payable within one year, and to renew any note or 
notes as may be given for a period of less than one year in 
accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $300.00 for the use of the Treasurer 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount 
spent for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by 
the County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Three 
Hundred (300) dollars for the use of the Treasurer, to pay 
the expenses of the local Dog Officer. 

Article 7. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $1000.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of One Thousand (1000) 
dollars from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2000.00, or some other sum, so that 
the Board of Health may contract for the collection and dis- 
posal of garbage for a period of one year. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thou- 
sand (2000) dollars, so that the Board of Health may contract 
for the collection and disposal of garbage for a period of 
one year. 



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Article 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for 
the replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Fifty (250) dollars for the Tree Department for the 
replacement of shade trees. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $750.00 for the purchase of a Gas 
Driven Chain Saw for the Tree Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $600.00 for the purchase of a new 
radio for the Police Cruiser, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of six hundred (600) dol- 
lars from the Surplus Revenue Account for the purchase of a 
new radio for the Police Cruiser. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1800.00 for the Police Department, 
and authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an additional 
full time police officer, or act anything thereon. 

Moderator appointed tellers for a hand vote and ballot 
vote. 

Tellers appointed: 

Edward Bursaw James E. Kinsley 

Ralph W. Piper Hermann Gatchell 

Ormal S. Laffin Orson K. Miller 

Motion: To pass over the article did not prevail. 

(Hand vote) Yes — 188 

No — 220 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Eighteen 
Hundred (1800) dollars for the Police Department, and au- 
thorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an additional full 
time police officer. 



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A ballot was ordered by the Moderator. 

Whole number of votes cast — 449 

Yes — 226 
No — 223 . 

Article 13. To see what sum of money the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses 
of the several departments of the town and determine how the 
same shall be raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be raised 
and appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter desig- 
nated and that the same be expended only for the purposes 
under the direction of the respective boards, committees, or 
officrs of the town, as follows : 

General Government: 



Moderator 


$ 25. 


Finance Committee 


150. 


Selectmen, Salaries & Wages 


1,700. 


Expenses 


150. 


Town Accountant, Salaries & Wages 


700. 


Expenses 


100. 


Treasurer, Salaries & Wages 


650. 


Expenses 


250. 


Collector, Salaries & Wages 


1,550. 


Expenses 


300. 


Assessors, Salaries & Wages 


1,800. 


Expenses 


200. 


Town Clerk, Salaries & Fees 


450. 


Expenses 


150. 


Elections & Registrations 




Expenses 


150. 


Salaries & Wages 


575. 



Total General Government $ 8,900. 



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Buildings & Grounds: 



Salaries & Wages 1,700. 

Expenses 1,800. 



Total Buildings & Grounds 3,500. 

Protection of Persons & Property: 



Police, Salaries & Wages 


3,000. 


Expenses, including Cruiser 


850. 


Fire Dept., Salaries & Wages 


2,665. 


Expenses 


1,500. 


Fire Hydrant Rental 


3,375. 


Forest Fire 


1,500. 


Sealer of Weights & Measures 




Salary & Wages 


200. 


Expenses 


50. 


Moth Department, Salaries & Wages 


950. 


Expenses 


1,050. 


Tree Warden, Salaries & Wages 


1,400. 


Expenses 


600. 



Total Protection 17,140. 

Health & Sanitation : 

Board of Health, Salaries & Wages 4,300. 

Expenses 700. 

Inspection of Animals 150. 



Total Health & Sanitation 5,150. 

Highways : 

Village Highways 1,450. 

Chapter 81 Highways 8,550. 

Chapter 90 Highways 3,000. 

Snow Removal 10,000. 

Street Lighting 4,400. 



Total Highways 27,400. 



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Charities : 

General Relief, Salaries & Wages 1,335.20 

Expenses 150. 

Expenditure 4,500. 

Old Age, Expenditure 25,000. 

Aid to Dependent Children 

Expenditure 3,500. 



Total Charities 




Veterans' Aid: 




Veterans' Benefits, Salaries & Wages 


100. 


Expenses 


25. 


Expenditure 


4,000. 


Veterans' Service, Salaries & Wages 


1,150. 


Expenses 


350. 


Total Veterans' Aid 




Education: 




Schools, Salaries & Wages 


62,500. 


Fuel 


3,000. 


Misc. Operating Expenses 


600. 


Books & Supplies 


3,500. 


Transportation 


5,250. 


Tuition 


300. 


Janitors' Supplies & Power 


2,200. 


Outlay 


1,000. 


Repairs 


2,500. 


Library 


200. 


Health 


300. 


Total Education 




Libraries : 




Libraries, Salaries & Wages 


800. 


Expenses 


700. 


Books 


300. 



34,485.20 



5.625. 



81,350. 



Total Libraries 1,800. 



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Recreation : 




Playgrounds 


1,000. 


Total Recreation 




Unclassified : 




Misc. Expenses 


500. 


Town Reports 


575. 


Workmen's Compensation 


900. 


Surety Bonds 


300. 



Total Unclassified 
Cemeteries : 



1,000, 



2,275. 



Cemeteries, Salaries & Wages 


3,500. 




Expens 


;es 


600. 




Total Cemeteries 




4,100. 


Maturing Debt & Interest: 






Maturing 


Debt 


1,000. 




Interest 




165. 




To 


tal Debt & Interest 
Total Regular Expenses 


$ 


1,165. 




193,890.20 


Special Articles : 






Art. 4. 


Memorial Day 


500. 




Art. 6. 


Dog Officer 


300. 




Art. 8. 


Collection of Garbage 


2,000. 




Art. 9. 


Tree Department 


250. 




Art. 12. 


Police Dept. 


1,800. 




Art. 15. 


Painting Traffic Lines 


200. 




Art. 18. 


Construction of Main St. 


3,000. 




Art. 19. 


Snow Fence 


200. 




Art. 25. 


Oxygen Masks 


450. 




To 


tal Special Articles 

2d to be raised and appropriated 


$ 


8,700. 


Total vot( 


202,590.20 



Tranf ers : 


Art. 


7. 


Art. 


11. 


Art. 


14. 


Art. 


17. 


Art. 


20. 


Art. 


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Art. 


22. 


Art. 


23. 


Art. 


24. 


Art. 


26. 


Art. 


29. 


Art. 


30. 



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Machinery Acct. 1,000. 

Radio for Police Cruiser 600. 

Snow Plow 700. 

Power Mower, Playgrounds 600. 
Chap. 81 & 90, Highways 32,100. 

Power Mower, Cemetery 400. 

Sanders, Highway 300. 

Fire Department 900. 

Fire Dept., Hose 2,500. 
Fire Dept., Emergency Service 

Truck 6,000. 

Reserve Fund 3,500. 

Inspection Fees 1,000. 



Total Transfers 49,600. 

Total Voted to be raised and appropriated $202,590.20 
Total Transfers 49,600. 



Grand Total $252,190.20 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $700.00 for the 
purchase of a snow^ plow and authorize the Board of Select- 
men to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Seven Hundred (700) dollars for the pur- 
chase of a sonw plow and authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to trade-in or sell any old snow plows. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the painting of traffic 
lines and signs, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred (200) dollars for the painting of traffic lines and signs. 



32 

Article 16. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Acton and Building By-Laws 
of the Town of Acton as printed in the town report, or act 
anything thereon. 

Motion: Reject this article in its entirety. 

Did not prevail. 

Voted: That the town refrain from taking action on 
accepting the proposed Zoning and Building By-Laws at this 
time, and that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to appoint 
a committee of five to submit proposed Zoning By-Laws and 
Building By-Laws for the Town of Acton at some future date. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $600.00 for 
the purchase of a new power mower for playgrounds, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Six Hundred (600) dollars for the purchase 
of a new power mower for playgrounds. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $3000.00 for new construction of Main 
Street from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North 
Acton; said money to be used in conjunction with $3000.00 
to be allotted by the County and $6000.00 to be allotted by 
the State, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Three 
Thousand (3000) dollars for new construction of Main Street 
from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton ; said 
money to be used in conjunction with Three Thousand (3000) 
dollars to be allotted by the County and Six Thousand (6000) 
dollars to be allotted by the State. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of additional 
snow fence, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred (200) dollars for the purchase of additional snow fence. 



33 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 
and 90 ; provided that the reimbursement from the State and 
County be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Thirty-two Thousand One Hundred (32,100) 
dollars, the amount of the State's and County's allotments for 
Highways under Chapters 81 and 90 ; provided that the reim- 
bursement from the State and County be credited back to 
the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $400.00 for the purchase of a power 
lawn mower for the Cemetery Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Four Hundred (400) dollars for the purchase of 
a power lawn mower for the Cemetery Department. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $300.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for 
the purchase of sanders for the Highway Department and 
authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old 
ones, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Three Hundred (300) 
dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account for the purpose of 
sanders for the Highway Department and authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old ones. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $900.00 for the purchase of necessary 
equipment for the Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Nine Hundred (900) dollars for the purchase of 
necessary equipment for the Fire Department. 



34 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $2,500.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for 
the purchase of hose for the Fire Department, or act any- 
thing- thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Two Thousand Five 
Hundred (2,500) dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account 
for the purchase of hose for the Fire Department. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $450.00 for the purchase of two oxygen 
masks for the Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hun- 
dred Fifty (450) dollars for the purchase of two oxygen masks 
for the Fire Department. 

Article 26. To see if the town vv^ill vote to appropriate the 
sum of $6,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 
purchase of an emergency service truck for the Fire Depart- 
ment, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Six Thousand (6,000) dollars for the purchase of 
an emergency service truck for the Fire Department. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to sell or dispose of the old fire truck, 
Engine No. 1, or act anj^thing thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to sell 
or dispose of the old fire truck, Engine No. 1. H 

Article 28, To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell at public 
auction or private sales, any property heretofore or hereafter 
acquired by the town under the title proceedings, to impose 
thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they 
may deem expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and deliver 
in the name and under the seal of the Town, deeds or other 
instruments therefor, or take any other action relative 
thereto, to do or act thereon. 



35 

Motion: To authorize the Selectmen and their succes- 
sors in office, to sell at public auction any property heretofore 
or hereafter acquired by the Town, under the title proceedings, 
to impose thereon such restrictions, reservations, or condi- 
tions, as they may deem expedient and to execute, acknowl- 
edge, and deliver in the name and under the seal of the Town, 
deeds or other instruments therefor. 

Amendment : The Board of Selectmen is hereby author- 
ized to sell at public auction or at private sale all or any 
property heretofore or hereafter acquired by the Town by 
virtue of sale for non-payment of taxes, which sales have 
been confirmed by the Land Court or the Tax Commissioner, 
and to give proper deeds therefor and to impose thereon such 
restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they may deem 
expedient. 

Amendment did prevail. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen and their 
successors in office, to sell at public auction or at private sale 
all or any property, heretofore or hereafter acquired by the 
Town by virtue of sale for non-payment of taxes, which sales 
have been confirmed by the Land Court or the Tax Commis- 
sioner, and to give proper deeds therefor and to impose 
thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they 
may deem expedient. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $3,500.00 from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve 
Fund or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Three Thousand Five 
Hundred (3,500) dollars from the Overlay Surplus as a Re- 
serve Fund. 



Article 30. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $1,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account. 
This sum to be used for the payment of inspection fees for 
the Slaughtering Inspector and that fees received by the 
Town Treasurer for the slaughtering of animals be credited 
back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or act anything thereon. 



36 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of One Thousand (1,000) 
dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account. This sum to be 
used for the payment of inspection fees for the Slaughtering 
Inspector and that fees received by the Town Treasurer for 
the slaughtering of animals be credited back to the Surplus 
Revenue Account. 

Voted: To adjourn. 



r>7 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



BIRTHS 



Whole number recorded 77 

Born in Acton 2 Mixed Parentage 8 

Males 31 Native Parentage 68 

Females 46 Foreign Parentage 1 



MARRIAGES 

Whole number recorded 41 

Residents of Acton .... 54 Residents of other places 28 

DEATHS 

Whole number recorded 39 

Residents of Acton .... 35 Residents of other places 4 
Occurring in Acton .... 25 Occurring in other places 14 

Average Age — 67 



HARLAN E. TUTTLE 

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Date Name Y. M. D. 

Dec. 24 Bennett, Fannie Ida 

Feb. 5 Blaisdell, Edgar I. 

June 13 Boyle, Mary (Seeley) 

Dec. 17 Brown, William Henry 

Nov. 24 Bursaw, Rose Helen 

Apr. 11 Campbell, Norman Philip 

Dec. 18 Charter, Christine Elizabeth 

Sept. 25 Clark, Harriet E. 

Jan. 5 Crosby, William C. 

Apr. 14 Daley, Daniel J. 

Oct. 20 Feltus, Georgianna Lily 

Oct. 6 French, Sara (Morley) 

Nov. 8 Godfrey, Elizabeth M. 

Aug. 6 Hambleton, Harriet L. 

May 22 Harris, Mary E. 

Mar. 23 Holt, William B. 

Sept. 4 Jones, Mary F. 

Mar. 1 Lawler, William Henry 

Aug. 22 Lawton, Mary Aurelia 

Dec. 28 McCaffrey, John J. 

Mar. 13 Merriam, William Thomas 

Apr. 23 Moody, George Thomas 

Jan. 2 Morrison, Emmeline 

June 2 Murphy, Kenneth F. 

Nov. 16 Pederson, Donna Louise 

Oct. 3 Reid, Evelyn A. 

July 3 Rugg, George Daggett 

Jan. 5 Sanderson, Emma W. 

July 25 Sennott, John J. 

Oct. 21 Smith, Alma W. 

Jan. 1 Taylor, Walter I. 

Dec. 8 Temple, Elizabeth Maria 

Aug. 16 Tolman, Henry Everett 

Mar. 22 Tuttle, Thelma May 

June 18 Williams, Hazel W. 

Dec. 25 Wamboldt, Harry L. 



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48 



List of Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1947 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Frederick Tuttle 1 

Raymond L. Hatch 2 

Mary H. Lothrop 3 

Benjamin J. Ineson 4 

Hazel G. Blanchard 5 

Lowell Cram 6 

Franklin D. Shores 7 

Ingeborg Pederson 8 

Robert M. Bowen 9 

Robert M. Bowen 10 

D. F. Hogan 11 

Dr. Paul Gates 12 

Olivia Connor 13 

Gertrude Stiles 14 

Robert Farquhar 15 

James S. Goodwin 16 

Fred L. Ratta 17 

Jennie McClure 18 

Safford Sweatt 19 

Christian Carlson 20 

Fred S. Kennedy 21 

Rudolph Ornberg 22 
Shirley & Barbara Dubee 23 

Rose Snyer 24 

Rose Snyer 25 

William B. McCrudden 26 

Hazel Hughes 27 

Kay Graham 28 

Joan Christofferson 29 
William L. Cobleigh, Jr. 30 

A. Hazelton Perkins 31 

A. Hazelton Perkins 32 

Harold White 33 

Harry E. Fannon 34 

Mildred Pope Moore 35 

Percy H. Hutchinson 36 



Robert A. McAdoo 37 
George W. Mortimer 38 

Joseph Perry 39 

Tony Perry 40 

Paul I. Richardson 41 

Roger Mason 42 

James Maglione 43 

Mary Johnston 44 
Ben. Smalley ' 45 

Ben. Smalley 46 

Craig Sweet 47 

Richard H. Peterson 48 

Sina Waterhouse 49 

A. C. Gravlin 50 

A. C. Gravlin 51 

James Conquest 52 

John W. Charter 53 

John W. Charter 54 
William D. Tuttle, Jr. 55 

Norman Livermore 56 

Norman Livermore 57 

Frank Greenough 58 

Fred Richards 59 

Carrie F. Wells 60 

Barbara Allen 61 

Carol Cooper 62 

Harold Justason 63 

Leslie G. Elmes 64 

Roland Livermore 65 

William Tillson 66 

W. Stuart Allen 67 

Wilmer LafRn 68 

John Torkelson 69 

Oilva Eilertsen 70 

W. W. Smith 71 

W. W. Smith 72 



49 



Owner 

Mrs. J. A. Dingee 
Albert M. Nickerson 
Albert M. Nickerson 
George W. Loggie 
John J. Crighton 
Lloyd Priest 
Noe J. Richards 
A. L. Kleinfelder 
Cyrus J. Downey 
Orson K. Miller 
Walter C. Williams 
Howard L. Jones 
David Penney 
Leo McCarthy 
Lucretia Conheeney 
Daniel Sweeney 
Stuart Farquhar 

Mrs. F. W. Putnam, Sr. 

F. Wendell Putnam, Jr. 
Elmer Hill 

R. Arthur Lowden 

John LaTulippe 

John LaTulippe 

John LaTulippe 

Arthur Jalonen 

Walter N. Stevenson 

John M. Pettingell 

George W. Turnbull 

Carl R. Godfrey 

Dorothy Rahberg 

Arlene McAvenia 

Albert Reynolds 

Paul A. Coughlin 

George Roe 

Lawrence Donnelly 

Eva C. Shapley 

Edward L. Forbes 

Edward L. Forbes 

Charles Galluzzo 



Tag No. Owner 

73 Eraser Laffin 

74 Charles K. Lawton 

75 Raynold Dagenais 

76 Otis J. Reed 

77 Otis J. Reed 

78 Robert Young 

79 Harold Y. Banquer 

80 John E. Moore, Jr. 

81 Charles D. Manter 

82 Alan Pederson 

83 John J. Onslow 

84 J. Henry Engman 

85 Malcolm Fullonton 

86 Lucille Cunningham 

87 Curtis Briggs 

88 Ralph Phalon 

89 Everett Maynes 

90 Eva Hampson 

91 Joseph Curtis 

92 Edward A. Schmitz 

93 David Lawson 

94 A. C. Gravlin 

95 Zillah Gates 

96 Edwin A. Hall 

97 Edwin A. Hall 

98 Edward J. Higgins 

99 William S. Jones 

100 Millard J. Landry 

101 Maynard Harris 

102 Florence Rooney 

103 Harold J. Hennelley 

104 Claire Garceau 

105 Frances C. Day 

106 Harold Nicola 

107 William P. Cameron 

108 Harry Waterhouse 

109 Medville L. Clark 

110 Harold Merry 

111 Earl G. Morris 



Tag No. 

112 

113 

114 

115 

116 

117 

118 

119 

120 

121 

122 

123 

124 

125 

126 

127 

128 

128 

130 

131 

132 

133 

134 

135 

136 

137 

138 

139 

140 

141 

142 

143 

144 

145 

146 

147 

148 

149 

150 



50 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Alden C. Flagg, Jr. 


151 


Beverly Gallagher 


190 


Stanley Veasie 


152 


John Waluk 


191 


Howard J. Billings 


153 


John Waluk 


192 


Modesto Simeone 


154 


H. J. Schnair 


193 


Herbert L. Leusher 


155 


Arthur Conquest 


194 


Burton H. Wayne 


156 


Clifford Armstrong 


195 


Antonia Benere 


157 


Clifford Armstrong 


196 


Paul Cornwall 


158 


Richard K. Stuart 


197 


William J. Durkin 


159 


Howard M. Dowd 


198 


John L. Fletcher 


160 


Howard M. Dowd 


199 


Ormal S. Laffin 


161 


Leslie H. Lewis 


200 


L. H. Campbell 


162 


John H. Watkins 


201 


Ralph Littlefield 


163 


Elvin Jensen 


202 


Ralph Littlefield 


164 


Stanley Drake 


203 


James Farrar 


165 


James P. Edney 


204 


Gardner C. Ferguson 


166 


Chester Jordan, Jr. 


205 


Hilda Anderson 


167 


Alfred Birch 


206 


Hilda Anderson 


168 


George Rugg 


207 


Avis Kroon 


169 


Bradford S. Leach 


208 


John T. McNiff 


170 


Clinton S. Curtis 


209 


H. D. Flanagan 


171 


Clinton S. Curtis 


210 


Thomas Motley, 2nd 


172 


Clinton S. Curtis 


211 


Margaret W. Larrabee 


173 


James H. French, Jr. 


212 


William Meppen 


174 


Herbert Pratt 


213 


Hugh Hodgen 


175 


Ruth Foster 


214 


Glenna Wise 


176 


Marion F. Hayes 


215 


Porter Jenks 


177 


George Horton 


216 


Carl Flint 


178 


Orla Nichols 


217 


Ethel C. Robbins 


179 


Dr. W. F. Davis 


218 


Cecile Coles 


180 


Fred Heyliger 


219 


Dr. Donnell Boardman 


181 


Russell Berry 


220 


Charles J. Farley 


182 


Hai-ry A. Williams 


221 


Charles J. Farley 


183 


Roderick D. MacLeod 


222 


Mrs. Robert Reid 


184 


Warren Hartw^ell 


223 


Gordon Shaw 


185 


Francis D. Roche 


224 


George A. Riff or d 


186 


Helen Bacher 


225 


Rev. F. C. Egan 


187 


Mildred Gallant 


226 


Benjamin Rice 


188 


Richard Flint 


227 


C. C. CulHnan 


189 


F. Roy MacKinnon 


228 



51 



Owner 



Tag No, 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Eileen Rolfe 
John Murray 
Henry Erikson 


229 
230 
231 


Margaret Sexton 
Glenn C. Gould 
Helen A. Knowlton 


268 
269 

270 


Ralph I. Smith 


232 


John J. Duggan 


271 


Rachel Haynes 
Philip Rimbach 
Leonard Colwell 


233 
234 
235 


Arthur D. Raymond 
Mrs. Jean Davis 
Helen Pederson 


272 
273 

274 


Ruth Ann Tobin 


236 


Libby Mauro 


275 


Allie Hall 


237 


M. A. Thompson 


276 


Alden Flagg, Sr. 
A. Perry Marble 


238 

239 


Churchill Newman 
Roger Crafts 


277 
278 


Elizabeth A. Duggan 


240 


Charles R. Briggs 


279 


Charles E. Bartlett 


241 


Cecil Balcom 


280 


Edwin A. Anderson 


242 


Cecil Balcom 


281 


Ernest Simpson 

F. Wendell Putnam, Jr 


243 

. 244 


John Fisher 
Howard Staples 


282 
283 


Paul Post 


245 


Douglas A. Gravlin 


284 


Benjamin A. King 


246 


William King 


285 


Charles MacRae 


247 


Woodbury Stevens 


286 


Charles H. Liebfried 


248 


Warren F. BlaisdeM 


287 


Ralph Parsons 
A. W. Marsh 


249 
250 


Beatrice Parsons 
Martin Holland 


288 
289 


Benjamin Bancroft 


251 


Irving Duren 


290 


Benjamin Bancroft 


252 


H. Stuart MacGregor 


291 


Ethel L. Todd 


253 


J. Harry Conquest 


292 


Ethel L. Todd 


254 


Sherman McGreen 


293 


Ethel L. Todd 


255 


Pauline Bursaw 


294 


Ethel L. Todd 


256 


Joseph Lemoine 


295 


Ethel L. Todd 


257 


John C. Howard 


296 


Wallace T. Clark 


258 


E. C. Johnson 


297 


C. Youngren 


259 


Arthur McKelvie 


298 


Olin R. Bradbury 


260 


Mrs. Vinnie Crosby 


299 


John H. Costello 


261 


John B. Byers 


300 


James W. Baker 


262 


Margaret Hickey 


301 


Frank E. Balsor 


263 


Cleon Phelps 


302 


George Lamont 


264 


Norman Garthe 


303 


James Murgatroyd 


265 


Frederic W. Hopkins 


304 


Fred Harris 


266 


Frederic W. Hopkins 


305 


Henry Teele 


267 


Frederic W. Hopkins 


306 



52 



Owner 



Taff No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Frank G. Justice 


307 


C. R. Fenton 


332 


Rosemarie DiDuca 


308 


C. R. Fenton 


333 


E. W. Denton 


309 


Wesley D. Charter 


334 


Louis A. Flerra 


310 


Marilyn Clark 


335 


Joseph Kelley 


311 


John Gregory 


336 


Richard Schnair 


312 


Richard Bursaw 


337 


Florence Watkins 


313 


Jane A. Bolter 


338 


John F. Coughlin 


314 


Michael Travers 


339 


Harry V. Scribner 


315 


Michael Travers 


340 


Walter Liebfried 


316 


Frank I. Averett 


342 


David Barry 


317 


Orwald Kienow 


343 


John H. Duston 


318 


Kenneth G. Manosh 


344 


William L. Marshall, 


Jr. 319 


Mrs. H. F. O'Rourke 


345 


William L. Marshall, 


Jr. 320 


Richard Russell 


346 


George Ryan 


321 


Richard Russell 


347 


John Enneguess 


322 


Cecil Balcom 


348 


Diane Wetherbee 


323 


Richard S. McCabe 


349 


Alfred Caouett 


324 






Karen Anderson 


325 


Kennels 




Mareta Anderson 


326 


Edith V. Davis 


xl05 


Burton J. Jones 


327 


Thomas V. Smith 


xlOl 


Philip Newell 


328 


Sherman W. Frost 


xlOO 


Harold Pellett, Jr. 


329 


Edwin Anderson 


xl02 


Raymond C. Stinson 


330 


Eraser Kennels 


xl06 


Clifford A. Schofield 


331 


Mrs. John A. Kelley 


xl03 



S02 licenses at $2.00 $604.00 

53 licenses at $5.00 265.00 

1 license at $50.00 50.00 

1 license at $25.00 25.00 

4 licenses at $10.00 40.00 

$984.00 
Deduct fees — 361 licenses at 20c $ 72.20 

Paid to Town Treasurer $911.80 



53 



NOTICE 



All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1948. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers 
thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 
No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 



54 
REVISED JURY LIST — 1947 



Precinct I 



Orson K. Miller, 92 Na^og Hill Rd. — real estate 

Fred V. Richards, 11 Hosmer St. — milkman 

E. Clayton Steeves, 49 Taylor Rd.— clerk 

J. Henry Engman, 54 Great Rd. 

Roland 0. Livermore, 505 Main St. — trucking 

John M. Whittier, 582 Main St.— clerk 

W. Arthur Rayner, 107 Great Rd. — retired 

Simon D. Taylor, 852 Main St.— clerk 

E. Everett Putnam, 3 Maple Ave. — poultryman 

Frederic W. Rimbach, 420 Main St. — machinist 

Precinct II 

Albert S. Braman, 11 Chadwick St. — truck driver 
Hugh C. Hodgen, 66 Liberty St. — farmer 
Theron A. Lowden, 172 Main St. — insurance agent 
Alfred W. Davis, Jr., 285 School St. — bookkeeper 
Herbert W. Merriam, 61 Maple St. — superintendent 
Laurence A. Winslov^, 187 Main St. — machinist 
Alfred M. Olsen, 28 Laws Brook Rd. — farmer 
Harold F. Nordberg, 62 Main St. — auditor 
Lloyd W. Priest, 31 Central St. — carpenter 
David Clayton, 94 Main St. — pressman 

Precinct III 

George Roe, 565 Mass. Ave. — barber 
Raymond A. Gallant, 244 Central St. — insurance 
Ernest E. Allsopp, 88 Summer St. — meat inspector 
Homer C. Feltus, 160 Central St. — setup man 
Edward L. Pendergast, 76 Willow St. — guard 
Leland H. Campbell, 217 Central St.— tel. operator 
Franklin H. Charter, 596 Mass. Ave. — tree surgeon 
Philip W. Goldthwaite, 15 Winsor Ave. — office worker 
Frederick A. Harris, 15 Church St. — granite worker 
A. Perry Marble, 145 Central St. — poultryman 



55 
REPORT OF AUDIT OF BOOKS AND ACCOUNTS 



December 31, 1947 

To the Board of Selectmen 

Mr. Arthur W. Lee, Chairman 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and 
accounts of the town of Acton for the period from November 7, 
1946, to November 3, 1947, made in accordance with the pro- 
visions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the form of 
a report made to me by Mr. Herman B. Dine, Assistant 
Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

FRANCIS X. LANG 

Director of Accounts 



Mr. Francis X. Lang 

Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 

State House, Boston 

Sir: 

In accordance with your instructions, I have made an 
audit of the books and accounts of the town of Acton for the 
period from November 7, 1946, the date of the previous 
examination, to November 8, 1947, and submit the following 
report thereon: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of 
the several departments receiving or disbursing money for 
the town or committing bills for collection, were examined and 
reconciled with the books and reports in the town accountant's 
office and with the records of the town treasurer. 

The ledger accounts were analyzed for the period cov- 
ered by the audit, the receipts being checked with the treas- 
urer's books and the payments being compared with the war- 
rants authorizing them and with the treasurer's records of 



56 

payments. The appropriation accounts were checked with the 
town clerk's records of town meeting proceedings, and the 
recorded transfers from the reserve fund were checked with 
the amounts authorized by the finance committee. 

The necessary adjusting entries resulting from the audit 
were m^ade, and a balance sheet, which is appended to this 
report, was prepared showing the financial condition of the 
town on November 8, 1947. 

The books and accounts of the town treasurer were ex- 
amined and checked. The receipts, as recorded, were analyzed 
and checked with the records of the several departments 
collecting money for the town and with the other sources 
from which money was paid into the treasury, while the pay- 
ments were compared with the selectmen's warrants author- 
izing the treasurer to disburse town funds. 

The cash book additions were verified, and the cash bal- 
ance on November 8, 1947, was proved by reconciliation of 
the bank balances with statements furnished by the banks in 
which the town funds are deposited. 

The payments made for maturing debt and interest were 
compared with the amounts falling due and with the cancelled 
securities and coupons on file. 

The savings bank books and securities representing the 
investment of the several trust funds in the custody of the 
town treasurer and the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow 
fund were examined and listed. The income was proved and 
the withdrawals were compared with the treasurer's recorded 
receipts. 

The records of tax titles held by the town were examined 
and listed. The amounts transferred to the tax title account 
were compared with the tax collector's books and the reported 
redemptions were checked with the treasurer's cash book. Tax 
title transactions were further verified by comparison with the 
records at the Registry of Deeds. 

The books and accounts of the tax collector were examined 
and checked in detail. The taxes and excises outstanding at 
the time of the previous examination and all subsequent com- 
mitment lists were audited and compared with the assessors' 



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warrants issued for their collection. The payments to the 
treasurer were verified, the recorded abatements were checked 
with the assessors' records, the taxes transferred to the tax 
title account were proved, and the outstanding accounts were 
listed and reconciled with the respective ledger accounts. 

Th records of departmental accounts receivable were ex- 
amined and checked. The payments to the treasurer were 
compared with the treasurer's recorded receipts, and the 
outstanding accounts were listed and reconciled with the re- 
spective ledger accounts. 

Verification of the correctness of the outstanding tax, 
excise, and departmental accounts receivable was obtained by 
mailing notices to a number of persons whose names appeared 
on the books as owing money to the town, the replies received 
thereto indicating that the accounts, as listed, are correct. 

The financial accounts of the town clerk relative to dog 
and sporting licenses issued were examined. The reported 
payments to the town treasurer and to the State were verified 
and the cash on hand on November 8, 1947, was proved by 
actual count. 

The surety bonds of the various town officials required 
by law to furnish them were examined and found to be in 
proper form. 

The records of the sealer of weights and measures and 
of the board of selectmen, of the health, school, library, and 
cemetery departments, as well as of all other departments 
collecting money or committing bills for collection, were exam- 
ined and checked, the collections being compared with the 
treasurer's recorded receipts. 

In addition to the balance sheet, there are appended to 
this report tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's 
and the collector's cash, summaries of the tax, excise, tax 
title, tax possession, and departmental accounts, as well as 
tables showing the condition and transactions of the various 
trust funds. 

During the progress of the audit, cooperation was ex- 
tended by the various town oflficials for which, on behalf of 



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my assistants and myself, I wish to express appreciation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HERMAN B. DINE 
Assistant Director of Accounts 



RECONCILIATION OF TREASURER'S CASH 

Balance November 7, 1946 $ 90,279.53 

Receipts November 7 to December 

31, 1946 82,885.13 



Payments November 7 to December 

31, 1946 $ 49,530.67 

Balance December 31, 1946 123,633.99 



$173,164.66 



$173,164.66 



Balance January 1, 1947 $123,633.99 

Receipts January 1 to November 8, 

1947 226,804.12 

Unpaid warrants November 8, 1947 1,745.25 



$352,183.36 



Payments January 1 to November 

8, 1947 $229,596.60 

Balance November 8, 1947: 
The First National Bank 

of Ayer $43,445.38 

Middlesex County Na- 
tional Bank, Maynard 79,141.38 



122,586.76 

$352,183.36 



The First National Bank of Ayer 

Balance November 8, 1947, per statement $43,457.24 

Balance November 8, 1947, per check 

book $43,445.38 

Outstanding checks November 8, 

1947, per list 11.86 

$43,457.24 



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Middlesex County National Bank, Maynard 

Balance November 8, 1947, per statement $86,744.44 

Balance November 8, 1947, per check 

book $79,141.38 

Outstanding checks November 8, 

1947, per list 7,603.06 



$86,744.44 



RECONCILIATION OF COLLECTOR'S CASH 

Cash balance November 8, 1947, per tables : 

Poll taxes 1946 $ 24.00 

Real estate taxes 1946 400.12 

Poll taxes 1947 40.00 

Personal property taxes 1947 6,063.98 

Real estate taxes 1947 4,231.57 
Motor vehicle and trailer excises 

1946 3.09 
Motor vehicle and trailer excises 

1947 238.31 
Interest and costs on taxes and ex- 
cises 19.18 







$11,020.25 


Balance November 8, 1947 : 






Concord National Bank 


$10,364.03 




Cash in office, verified 


653.58 




Due from collector 


2.64 


$1 1 Aon or^ 



Concord National Bank 

Balance November 8, 1947, per statement 

Balance November 8, 1947, per check 

book $10,364.03 

Outstanding checks November 8, 

1947, per list 46,219.13 



$56,583 16 



$56,583.16 



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TOWN OF ACTON 
GENERAL ACCOUNTS 
Assets 



Cash 






S122,58J»,76 


Accounts Receivable: 








Taxes : 








Levy of 1945: 








Real Estate 




$ .01 




Levy of 1946: 








Poll 


$140.00 






Personal Property 


1,001.34 






Real Estate 


7,685.42 


8,826.76 










Levy of 1947: 








Poll 


$526.00 






Personal Property 


9,765.57 






Real Estate 


33,916.22 


44,207.79 
















53,034.56 






Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excises: 








Levy of 1945 




$ 23.08 




Levy of 1946 




272.26 




Levy of 1947 




1,480.54 


1,775.88 






Tax Judgment: 








Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excises 






502.62 


Tax Titles 




$1,249.14 


t 


Tax Possessions 




346.21 










1,595.35 






Departmental : 






f 


Dog Officer 




$ 88.00 




Temporary Aid 




2,374.35 


', 


Aid to Dependent Children 




86.84 




Old Age Assistance 




1,744.50 




State Aid 




193.35 




Military Aid 




927.72 


n 414 76 


Aid to Highways: 






Uj-xXt. 1 V 


State 




$22,464.27 




County 




7,160.99 


29.625.2H 



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Balance Sheet — November 8, 1947 

Liabilities and Reserves 

Unpaid Warrants $ 1,745.25 

Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Withholding- Taxes $517.12 

Blue Cross 28.95 

County Retirement Fund 169.51 

Teachers' Retirement Fund 139.09 

854.67 



State Assessments 1947: 

Parks and Reservations $206.23 

Auditing Municipal Accounts 707.86 



Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 2.71 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 41.76 



Levy of 1946 1,484.10 

Levy of 1947 3,386.46 



Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $1,775.88 

Tax Title and Tax Possession 1,595.35 



914.09 



Tailings— Reserve for Unclaimed checks . 132.95 

Overes-timate 1947: 

County Tax 1,034.96 

Proceeds of Dog Licenses— Due County 421.40 

Road Machinery Fund ' 2,417.76 

Sale of Cemetery Land Fund 1,193.35 

Cemeteiry Perpetual Care Fund Bequest 100.00 

Trust Funds Income: 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund $15.00 



59.47 



Federal Grants: 

Aid to Dependent Children 263.54 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances 84,242.97 

Reserve Fund — Overlay Surplus 4,604.52 

Overlays Reserved for Abatement of Taxes: 

Levy of 1945 $ .01 



4,870.57 



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Underestimate 1947: 

County Hospital Assessment 494.23 

Estimated Receipts to be Collected 14,411.58 

Overdrawn Accounts: 

Buildings and Grounds $ 11.69 



Library — Books 155.14 



166.83 



$229,607.83 



Debt Accounts 

Net Funded or Fixed Debt $10,000.00 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $209,839.06 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$213,304.60 



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Departmental 5,414.76 

Aid to Highway 29,625.26 



Surplus Revenue: 

Current Year $ 270.00 

Prior Years 88,071.08 



38.411.25 



88.341.08 



$229,607.83 



Debt Accounts 

Schoolhouse Addition Loan $10,000.00 



In Custody of Town Treasurer: 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund $28,350.19 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 15,101.49 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,578.37 

Wild€ Memorial Library Fund 16,688.89 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 3,949.66 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 694.16 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 56,236.62 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 190.02 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,523.44 

Frank C. Hayward Cemetery Fund 1,000.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 83,795.39 
Henry L. Raymond Cemetery Monument Fund 730.83 

$209,839.06 



In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 

$213,304.60 



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ZONING BY-LAW OF THE TOWN OF ACTON 



This zoning by-law is for the purpose of promoting in 
the Town of Acton the health, safety, morals, conveniences 
and welfare of its inhabitants, to lessen the dangers from fire, 
congestion and confusion and to encourage the most appro- 
priate use of land in the Town. 

Section I — Districts 

1. Classes of Districts. For the purposes of this by-law 
the Town of Acton is herby divided into the following four 
classes of districts : 

a. Residence A 

b. Residence B 

c. Business 

d. Industrial 

Said districts are defined and bounded on the map which 
accompanies this bjMaw, entitled "Zoning Map of the Town 
of Acton" dated March 1, 1948, and filed in the office of the 
Town Clerk, which map, with the notations thereon, is hereby 
made a part of this by-law. In the event of any difference 
between scaled distance upon said map and distance as 
indicated by figures, said figures shall govern. 

2. Lots in Two Districts. When a district boundary line 
divides a lot in a single or joint ownership of record at the 
time such line is adopted, the regulations for the less restricted 
portion of such lot shall extend not more than thirty feet 
into the more restricted portion, provided the lot has frontage 
on a street in the less restricted district. 

Section II — Residence A District 

In a Residence A District no building or premises shall 
be erected, altered or used for any purpose except: 

1. Detached one family dewlling 

2. Church 

3. Farm (agricultural), including the sale of farm prod- 
ucts, the major portion of which are grown on the premises 



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but excluding any farming use injurious, noxious, or harm- 
ful to the health of the neighborhood. 

4. Buildings or premises for municipal, recreational or 
educational use. 

5. Signs and bulletin boards: 

a. Pertaining to the lease, sale or use of a lot or 
building on which placed and not exceeding a total 
area of 12 square feet. 

b. Incidental to the permitted use of the lot or build- 
ing on which placed and not exceeding a total area 
of 12 square feet, provided, however, that the 
Board of Appeals may authorize larger signs for 
such purpose not exceeding a total area of 16 
square feet. 

6. Any existing single residence of 8 rooms or more 
which the owner finds has become uneconomical to maintain 
as such, may upon the approval thereof by the Board of 
Appeals, be changed into a two famj'ly residence. 

7. Accessory use on the same lot with, and customarily 
incident to, any of the above permitted uses, if not detrimental 
to the neighborhood, including the use of a room or rooms in 
a dwelling as an office or studio by a physician, dentist, lawyer, 
music teacher, hairdresser or similar professional person 
resident in the dwelling; provided, however, that the term 
"accessory use" shall not include: 

a. The renting of rooms to more than 5 persons 

b. Furnishing table board to more than 5 persons 

c. Garage for more than 4 private automobiles 

d. Garage for more than 1 commercial vehicle (the 
term "commercial vehicle" shall not include farm 
and municipal vehicles) 

8. Any of the following uses, provided that the Board of 
of Appeals shall determine that such use would not 
derogate from the purposes and intent of this by-law : 

a. Cemetery 

b. Garage for more than 4 automobiles 



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c. Garage for more than 1 commercial vehicle, but 
only when all the commercial vehicles are kept 
thereon as a strictly accessory use 

d. Greenhouse or nursery 

e. Club, tea room or tourist home 

f. Premises for raising or keeping more than three 
hundred poultry 

g. Riding stable 
h. Stone quarry 

i. Removal of soil, loam, sod, or gravel 

j. Hospital, convalescent home or sanitarium 

k. Telephone exchange building, railroad stations, 

transformier stations, power plants, water pumping 

stations and reservoirs 
1. Educational or philanthropic institutions 
m. Ice harvest or ice storage or both 
n. Kennels 

Section III — Residence B District 

In a Residence B District no building shall be erected, 
altered or used for any purpose except: 

1. Any use permitted in Residence A District 

2. Two-family dwellings 

3. Dwellings for three or more families, including apart- 
ment houses, provided that the Board of Appeals 
shall rule that such use is not detrimental or injuri- 
ous to the neighborhood. 

Section IV — Business District 

In a Business District no building or premises shall be 
erected, altered or used for any purpose injurious, noxious 
or harmful to the health of the neighborhood by reason of 
odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, noise or other cause, nor 
for any purpose except : 

1. Any use permitted in a Residence A or B District 



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2. Bank or office 

3. Hotel or lodging house 

4. Place of amusement or assembly 

5. Restaurant 

6. Newspaper or job printing 

7. Retail business, service or public utility, not involving 
manufacture on the premises except of products the 
major portion of which are to be sold on the premises 
to the ultimate consumers thereof and further provided 
that not more than four operatives shall be employed 
in such manufacture. 

8. Signs advertising goods or services offered by an occu- 
pant of the premises for sale, for hire, or use. 

9. Any of the following uses, provided that the Board 
of Appeals shall rule that such use is not detrimental 
or injurious to the neighborhood: 

a. Filling station, garage or storage of private auto- 
mobiles or commercial vehicles or both 

b. Overnight or trailer camps 

Section V — Industrial District 

In an Industrial District no building or premises shall be 
erected, altered or used except for manufacturing not injurious, 
noxious or offensive to a neighborhood by reason of the emis- 
sion of odor, fumes, dust, smoke, vibration, industrial waste, 
noise or other cause, or for all uses permitted in Sections II, 
III, IV, hereof. 

Section VI — Non-conforming Uses 

1. Continuing of Non-Conforming Uses. Any lawful 
building or use of a building or premises or part thereof exist- 
ing at the time this by-law or any amendment thereto is 
adopted may be continued, although such building or use does 
not conform to the provisions thereof, and such building or 
use may be extended, upon the approval thereof by the Board 
of Appeals, throughout the premises, provided such use has 



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not previously been discontinued for a period of one year or 
more. 

2. Change of Non-Conformino Uses. The Board of Ap- 
peals may permit any non-conforming use to be changed to 
any specified use not in its opinion more detrimental or ob- 
jectionable to a neighborhood. 

3. Temporary Uses. The Board of Appeals may permit 
a non-conforming temporary building or use incidental to the 
development of a neighborhood, such permit to be issued for 
an initial period of not more than two years and for renewal 
periods of not more than one year each. 

Section VII — Area Regulations 

11. Lot Size and Frontage. In a Residence District no 
building except a one-story building of accessory use shall 
be erected upon a lot having less than the following area and 
street frontage: 

Residence A District 100 ft. 20,000 Sq. Ft. 

Residence B District 75 ft. 7,500 Sq. Ft. 

provided that one building and its buildings of accessory use, 
may be erected on any lot, which, at the time this by-law is 
adopted, is in single or joint ownership of record. 

2. Front Yards. In a Residence District, no building or 
other structure shall extend nearer than thirty feet to a 
street line. In a Business or Industrial District no building or 
other structure shall extend nearer than fifteen feet to a 
street line. Where existing buildings in any District have 
established a set-back line less than permitted above, the 
Board of Appeals may permit a new structure to be erected 
in conformity with the line as so established. 

3. Side and Rear Yards. In a Residence District no build- 
ing except a one-story building of accessory use shall extend 
nearer than ten feet to a side lot line, or nearer than thirty 
feet to a rear lot line or nearer than twenty feet to another 
building. In a Residence District no one-story building of 
accessory use shall extend nearer than six feet to a lot line 
or to another building unless one of said buildings has a 
fireproof or fire-resistant wall on the adjacent side. In a 



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Business or Industrial District, no building other than a fire- 
proof building shall extend nearer than ten feet to a lot line 
or to another building, unless the wall of said building facing 
such lot line or other building shall be constructed of or covered 
with a fireproof or fire-resistant material. 

4. Appurtenant Open Space. No yard or other open 
space required for a building by this by-law shall during the 
existence of such building be occupied by or counted as open 
space for another building. 

5. Corner Clearance. Within the area formed by the lines 
of intersecting streets and a line joining points on such lines 
fifteen feet distant from their point of intersection, or in the 
case of a rounded corner the point of intersection of their 
tangents, no structure other than a building and no foliage 
shall be maintained between a height three and one-half feet 
and a height eight feet above the plane through the curb 
grades of such streets. 

6. Projections. Nothing herein shall prevent the projec- 
tion of steps, unroofed porches, cornices, window sills, belt 
courses or other ornamental features into any required yard. 

Section VIII — Administration 

1. Enforcement. This by-law shall be enforced by the 
Board of Selectmen in the manner provided for by the General 
Laws, and the by-laws of the Town. Any person aggrieved by 
any decision of the Board of Selectmen hereunder may appeal 
to the Board of Appeals as hereinafter provided. 

2. Board of Appeals. Within thirty days after the adop- 
tion of this by-law, the Board of Selectmen shall appoint a 
Board of Appeals of three members for terms of such length 
and so arranged that the term of one appointee will expire 
each year, which shall act on all matters within its jurisdic- 
tion under this by-law in the manner prescribed in Section 30 
of Chapter 40 of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.), as amended, 
in accordance with such rules and regulations as it may adopt, 
subject always to the rule that it shall give due consideration 
to promoting the health, safety, morals, convenience and wel- 
fare of the inhabitants of the Town, to lessening the dangers 



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of fire and congestion and to encouraging the most appropriate 
use of land in the Town. No member shall act in any matter 
in which he is personally interested. Upon request of the 
Board of Appeals, the Board of Selectmen may appoint a sub- 
stitute member of the Board of Appeals to act during the 
absence or disqualification of a member thereof. 

3. Other Regulations. Nothing in this by-law shall be 
construted as repealing or modifying any existing Town by- 
law, rule, regulation, or permit, but shall be in addition thereto. 

4. Validity. The invalidity of any section or provision of 
this by-law shall not invalidate any other section or provision 
thereof not manifestly inseparable therefrom. 



PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO TOWN BY-LAWS 

"Fire Department" 

SECTION 5 

Article 1. The Town shall maintain a fire department as 
set forth hereinafter : 

A — Organization 

The department shall consist of a Chief Engineer and 
three Assistant Engineers (one from each precinct), to be 
known as the Board of Engineers, who shall each year be 
appointed by the Board of Selectmen. There shall be three 
companies (one in each precinct) each company to consist of 
eighteen (18) members, or such other number of members as 
the Board of Engineers may from time to time deem advisable. 
The officers of each company shall consist of a Captain, 1st 
Lieutenant, 2nd Lieutenant, Treasurer, and Clerk, who shall 
be elected by each company at its regular meeting in May of 
each year. No Engineer shall hold any company office. 

B — Duties of the Board of Engineers 

The Board of Engineers shall hold meetings, when called 
by the Chief Engineer, to transact business of the Depart- 
ment; and they shall annually, in April, appoint all firemen, 



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Superintendent of Fire Alarm System, Assistant Superintend- 
ent of Fire Alarm System, Fire Department Physician, and 
Janitors. New company members may be appointed at any 
time, and shall be appointed from the lists of nominations sub- 
mitted by the respective companies. Upon complaint to the 
Board of Engineers by any member of the Department against 
another member thereof, the Board shall act; and may, after 
giving seven (7) days notice to the member against whom 
such complaint is lodged, suspend or discharge said member. 
Upon application for a hearing by any member aggrieved by 
such action of the Board, the Board shall arrange for, and 
conduct, such hearing-. It shall be the duty of each Precinct 
Engineer to assist the Chief in the discharge of his duties, and 
serve in his place, in case of his absence, in his respective 
precinct. It shall be the duty of each Precinct Engineer, under 
the Chief Engineer, to have charge of the fire station and all 
equipment in his precinct, and he shall be held responsible for 
the condition thereof. It shall be the duty of each Precinct 
Engineer to order sundry supplies needed for his fire station 
and to approve all bills for supplies and equipment required 
and purchased for his precinct ; and to transmit such approved 
bills to the Chief for presentation to the Selectmen for ap- 
proval and payment thereof. It shall be the duty of each 
Precinct Engineer to hold at least one company practice each 
month during the months of May, June, July, and August. 

C — Duties of the Chief 

It shall be the duty of the Chief Engineer, otherwise 
herein called the Chief, to call meetings of the Board of Engi- 
neers and all combined meetings of the Departmnt and to have 
general charge of all property and apparatus of the Depart- 
ment. He shall have general charge at all fires and of all 
companies. He shall file all reports and issue permits required 
by law. The Chief shall inspect each fire station twice each 
year in company with the Engineer of each respective pre- 
cinct, and note the condition and any need of change in station 
or quipment. He shall hold a combined practice of all com- 
panies at least once each year. The Chief shall annually in 
December submit to the Board of Selectmen a budget for the 
maintenance of the Department for the ensuing year. 



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D — Duties of the Captains and Lieutenants 

The Captain of each company shall have charge of his 
respective company at fires and receive all orders from his 
commanding officers, and shall give all orders for the proper 
operation of his company. He shall see that all aparatus is left 
in perfect condition at all times, and shall notify his superior 
officer of any defective or missing equipment. The Captain 
shall conduct all company meetings and see that all voting and 
business is properly conducted ; and it shall be his duty, so far 
as possible, to carry out the desires of his company, and create 
and maintain harmony therein. The Lieutenants shall assist 
the Captain and act for him in his absence. 

E — Duties of the Treasurer and the Clerk 

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to have charge of 
all company funds, pay all company bills, and keep a record 
of the same. 

It shall be the duty of the Clerk to keep an accurate ac- 
count of all company meetings and the business transacted 
thereat. 

F — Qualifications for Membership 

Any person of good character, over twenty-one years of 
age and under forty-five years of age, who is an American 
citizen or who has filed his intention of becoming such, may 
be nominated for membership. The company shall judge an 
applicant for membership as to his quahfications as a fireman, 
his occupation, and his availability to attend fires and meet- 
ings. The company shall submit two or more names to the 
Board of Engineers for each vacancy to be filled. 

G. — Duties of the Janitor 

A janitor for each fire station shall be appointed annually. 
He shall keep the fire station and grounds in a clean, sanitary, 
and orderly condition. He shall, also, keep the building at a 
proper temperature at all times and attend to the disposal of 
all ashes and refuse. He shall notify his Precinct Engineer of 
all needed supplies, and report any need of change in or about 
the station building, or anything which he may find out of 
order. He shall see that tire chains are put on when needed, 



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also take care of apparatus, batteries, and tires ; and see that 
all apparatus is kept clean. 

H — Duties of Members 

It shall be the duties of the members to answer all com- 
pany alarms and to obey all orders of their officers while on 
duty. It shall be the duty of the members to attend all meetings 
and practices of their respective companies; and they shall 
attend at least eight (8) meetings each year. Upon the re- 
quest of his Precinct Engineer, any member missing a fire, 
practice, or meeting, or neglecting his duty, shall give an 
acceptable excuse therefor. 

I — Meetings 

Each company shall hold one regular meeting each month. 
Any company may make any By-Laws and Rules for use in its 
own engine house and meetings, provided that they do not 
conflict with these Bj^-Laws. 



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ASSESSORS' REPORT 



1947 



Tax assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land . . . $2,729,180.00 

Land 647,925.00 

Personal 522,790.00 

3,899,895.00 

Valuation January 1, 1946 3,716,790.00 

Increase in valuation 183,105.00 

Rate of Taxation, $37.20 

Real Estate $ 125,628.31 

Personal Estate 19,447.79 

Polls 1,928.00 

Gain account of fractions .03 

— 147,004.13 

Amount of money raised : 

State Tax $ 3,250.00 

State Park Tax 283.57 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 707.86 

County Tax 7,869.06 

Tuberculosis Hosp. Assessment 893.88 

Town Grant 129,959.06 

Overlay 4,040.70 

$ 147,004.13 

Added Assessments : 

Polls $110.00 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise : 

Number of Vehicles Assessed, 1271 
Total Value of Motor Vehicles and 

Trailers $ 282,122.00 

Rate of Excise, $36.23 

Total Excise $ 8,822.50 

Added Excise of 1946 266.88 

ALBERT P. DURKEE 
CARL C. FLINT 
JAMES W. BAKER 

Board of Assessors 



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1945 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 5,426.16 

Interest 364.68 

$ 5,790.84 

Paid Treasurer $ 5,778.05 

Abated 9.46 

Tax Titles 3.32 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 .01 

$ 5,790.84 

1946 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 17,700.21 

Interest 256.58 

$ 17,956.79 

Paid Treasurer $ 11,620.41 

Abated 29.00 

Tax Titles 3.60 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 6,303.78 

$ 17,956.79 

1947 TOWN TAX 

Committed $125,628.33 

Interest 53.60 

$125,681.93 

Paid Treasurer $104,422.64 

Abated 544.98 

Tax Titles 334.80 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 20,379.51 

$125,681.93 



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1945 PERSONAL TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 494.04 

Interest 33.41 



$ 527.45 

Paid Treasurer $ 527.45 

1946 PERSONAL TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 2,145.78 

Interest 34.09 

$ 2,179.87 

Paid Treasurer $ 1,207.33 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 972.54 



$ 2,179.87 



1947 PERSONAL TAX 



Committed Jan. 1, 1947 $ 19,447.80 

Interest 3.21 

$ 19,451.01 

Paid Treasurer $ 16,622.69 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 2,828.32 



$ 19,451.01 



1945 POLL TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 74.00 

Interest 3.44 

Cost 6.65 

$ 84.09 

Paid Treasurer $ 64.09 

Abated 20.00 

$ 84.09 



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1946 POLL TAX 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 690.00 

Interest 3.00 

Cost 13.65 

$ 706.65 

Paid Treasurer $ 158.65 

Abated 472.00 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 76.00 

$ 706.65 

1947 POLL TAX 

Committed $ 2,038.00 

Cost .35 

$ 2,038.35 

Paid Treasurer $ 1,196.35 

Abated 324.00 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 518.00 



1945 EXCISE TAX 



$ 2,038.35 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 183.37 

Interest 15.20 

$ 198.57 

Paid Treasurer $ 175.49 

Abated 23.08 



$ 198.57 



1946 EXCISE TAX 



Uncollected Jan. 1, 1947 $ 884.68 

Committed Jan. 14, 1947 179.74 

Committed Feb. 15, 1947 87.14 



78 
Interest 19.55 



$ 1,171.11 



Paid Treasurer $ 968.55 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 202.56 



1,171.11 



1947 EXCISE TAX 



Committed $ 8,822.50 

Interest 5.74 

$ 8,828.24 

Paid Treasurer $ 7,206.68 

Abated 101.4y 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 1,520.07 

$ 8,828.24 



SUMMARY OF COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

Total Debits 

1945 Town Tax $ 5,790.84 

1946 Town Tax 17,956.79 

1947 Town Tax 125,681.93 

1945 Personal Tax 527.45 

1946 Personal Tax 2,179.87 

1947 Personal Tax 19,451.01 

1945 Poll Tax 84.09 

1946 Poll Tax 706.65 

1947 Poll Tax 2,038.35 

1945 Excise Tax 198.57 

1946 Excise Tax 1,171.11 

1947 Excise Tax 8,828.24 

$184,614.90 



79 

Total Credits 

Paid Treasurer $149,948.38 

Abated 1,524.01 

Tax Titles 341.72 

Uncollected Jan. 1, 1948 32,800.79 

$184,614.90 

CARRIE M. DURKEE 

Collector of Taxes 



REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1947. 

Number of dogs disposed of in accordance with law .... 50 
Number of dogs reclaimed by owners in accordance 

with law 17 

Number of calls answered for dog nuisance 109 

Warnings to delinquent owners to get licenses 125 

Appropriation $300.00 

50 dogs at $3.00 for six days 150.00 

50 dogs disposed of 50.00 

I recommend the appropriation for the year 1948 be the 
same. 

Respectfully submitted, 

! ARTHUR ERASER 

Dog Officer 



80 
TREASURER'S REPORT 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1947 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen, 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1947. 

Cash Balance January 1, 1947 $123,633.99 

Receipts for 1947: 

Received from State Treasurer 

Highways, Chapter 90 $ 2,677.73 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 18,450.77 

Highways . 12,278.47 

Old Age Assistance 15,219.12 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 562.95 

Income Tax 19,221.50 

Corporation Tax Business 16,186.24 

Meal Tax 1,221.91 

Temporary Aid 12.00 

Aid Dependent Children 916.21 

Reim. — Loss on Taxes 630.40 

Public Health 145.00 

Vocational Education 103.25 

Tuition — Transportation 111.68 

Veterans' Aid 200.00 

Aid and Transportation 35.00 

87,972.23 

Received from County Treasurer 

Main St 839.01 

Dog Refund 636.19 

Dog Officer 236.00 

1,711.20 

Received from Carrie M. Durkee, 
Collector of Taxes 

Poll Taxes, 1945 54.00 

Excise Taxes, 1945 160.29 



81 

Personal Taxes, 1945 494.04 

Real Estate Taxes, 1945 5,413.37 

Poll Taxes, 1946 142.00 

Excise Taxes, 1946 949.23 

Personal Taxes, 1946 1,173.24 

Real Estate Taxes, 1946 11,363.83 

Poll Taxes, 1947 1,196.00 

Excise Taxes, 1947 7,200.94 

Personal Taxes, 1947 16,619.48 

Real Estate Taxes, 1947 104,369.04 

Costs 20.65 

Interest 792.27 

Miscellaneous Receipts 

Boatman's Market, License 400.00 

Village Package Store, License 400.00 

Town of Acton, Withholding Taxes . . . 9,657.97 

Town of Acton, Machinery Account . . . 2,936.10 

Town of Acton, Teachers' Retirement . . 2,626.73 

Town of Acton, Blue Cross 387.50 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Dog Licenses 961.60 

Ernest Hapgood, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Waldo E. Whitcomb, Perpetual Care . . . 100.00 

Elwin Hollowell, Care of Lots 73.00 

Harry Holt, Rent of Hall 1,091.50 

Mary Lothrop, Library Fines 139.31 

Mary Lothrop, Miscellaneous 116.09 

Mary Lothrop, Sale Books 22.12 

West & South Water Dist., Labor 79.20 

South Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 159.35 

John R. Fisher, Slaughtering Fees .... 49.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Transfer 25.00 

North Middlesex Savings, Transfer . . . 15.00 
Estate Nancy Chaffin, Old Age Assist- 
ance 2,070.95 

Fred Kennedy, Care Lots 503.00 

Fred Kennedy, Burials 494.00 

Fred Kennedy, Lowering Device 48.00 

Fred Kennedy, Sale Lots 300.00 

Fred Kennedy, Foundations 192.44 



149,948.38 



82 

Fred Kennedy, Miscellaneous 59.00 

Board of Health, Nurse Services 171.00 

Board of Health, Licenses 29.00 

Estate Joseph Evans, Perpetual Care . . 100.00 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 52.26 

Elizabeth White Fund, Transfer 425.00 

H. M. Walker, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Christy Hullos, Fire 8.55 

D. A. Servais, Fire 37.20 

Charles Edney, Fire 5.25 

Herbert WilHs, Perpetual Care 200.00 

Edward Higgans, Fire 13.55 

Rudolph Ornberg, Perpetual Care .... 50.00 

City of Somerville, Old Age Assistance 19.31 

Walter Stevenson, Fire 12.40 

Board of Selectmen, Licenses 65.00 

Board of Selectmen, Miscellaneous .... 7.50 

Mary LeClerc, Old Age Assistance .... 21.00 

John Canessa, Sale Junk 10.00 

Town of Stow, Cemetery Dep't 10.00 

Clarence A. Kelley, Perpetual Care .... 100.00 

Cemetery Fund, Transfer 628.54 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Transfer . . 974.35 

Concord District Court, Pines 179.45 

Dexter L. Spinney, Perpetual Care .... 100.00 

Irving C. West, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Town of Westford, Schools 297.98 

Frances C. Hayward, Perpetual Care . . 1,000.00 

Town of Boxborough, Tuition 2,486.47 

Center Fire Co., Relief Fund 80.00 

West Fire Co., Relief Fund 80.00 

South Fire Co., Rehef Fund 90.00 

Edward Estabrook, Sealer Weights .... 74.25 

John Whitney, Perpetual Care 75.00 

Town of Concord, Old Age Assistance . . 126.06 

Town of Acton, County Retirement . . . 780.76 

Town of Maynard, Old Age Assistance . 119.41 

Town of Ashland, Old Age Assistance . . 172.71 

Albert P. Durkee, Tax Titles 200.00 

Howard L. Jones, County Retirement . 10.00 



83 

Elwin Hollowell, County Retirement . . 23.27 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund, Transfer 31.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund, Transfer . . . 275.00 

Francis Hutchinson, Perpetual Care . . . 100.00 

Town of Stow, Old Age Assistance .... 73.35 

Town of Wrentham, Old Age Assistance 181.42 

City of Boston, Schools 464.70 

Mary H. Richardson, Perpetual Care . . 100.00 

City of Lowell, Old Age Assistance . . . 72.90 

Boston & Maine Railroad, Snow Removal 66.00 

Acton High School, Library Fines .... 20.78 

Acton High School, Ind. Arts 14.28 

Acton High School, Telephone 1.34 

Acton High School, Miscellaneous .... 6.65 

Lauren C. Kingman, Perpetual Care . . . 200.00 

Town of Concord, Welfare 145.00 

Carrie M. Durkee, Liens 37.00 

Chief of Police, Revolver Permits 16.00 

Jennie D. Whitcomb, Perpetual Care . . 100.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund, Transfer 10.00 

Blanchard Fund, Transfer 25.00 

Memorial Library Fund, Transfer 301.73 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund 

Arhngton 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . . 60.00 

Athol Savings, Interest 60.00 

Franklin Savings, Interest 60.00 

Leominster Savings, Interest 45.00 

Lynn 5 Cent Savings, Interest 50.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest .... 64.76 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 60.00 

Springfield Savings, Interest 60.00 

Worcester North Savings, Interest .... 60.00 

Cambridge Savings, Interest 78.75 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 101.25 

Hudson Savings, Interest 100.00 

Waltham Savings, Interest 80.00 

Andover Savings, Interest 80.00 

Boston 5 Cent Savings, Interest 40.00 

Wildey Savings, Interest 50.00 



84 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 100.00 

Medford Savings, Interest 45.00 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest .... 60.00 

Winchendon Savings, Interest 137.50 

Home Savings, Interest 45.00 

Farmer's & Mechanics, Interest 87.50 

Lexington Savings, Interest 80.00 

Cemetery Fund 

Assabet Inst. Savings, Interest 5.25 

Assabet Inst. Savings, Interest 105.00 

Athol Savings, Interest 21.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest .... 69.50 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 129.08 

Worcester 5 Cent Savings, Interest .... 30.00 

Worcester North Savings, Interest .... 30.00 

Hudson Savings, Interest 48.00 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 56.25 

Treasurer United States, Interest .... 58.75 

Maynard Trust Co., Interest 16.14 

Boston 5 Cent Savings, Interest 40.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 6.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 30.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 5.00 

Clinton Savings, Interest 57.59 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Home Savings, Interest 15.00 

Warren Inst. Savings, Interest 44.00 

Suffolk Savings, Interest 52.50 

Central Savings, Interest 50.00 

Goodnow Fund, Interest 20.00 

Elizabeth White Fund 

Amherst Savings, Interest 40.00 

Athol Savings, Interest , 40.00 

Lawrence Savings, Interest 40.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 40.00 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Worcester North Savings, Interest . . . 15.00 

Worcester 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . . 40.00 



85 

Hudson Savings, Interest 12.80 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 45.00 

Waltham Savings, Interest 40.00 

Andover Savings, Interest 40.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest. . 40.00 

East Cambridge Savings, Interest 40.00 

Lowell Inst. Savings, Interest 30.00 

Wilde Memorial Library 

Massachusetts Savings, Interest 15.00 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest 20.00 

West Shore R. R. Co., Interest 40.00 

City Inst. Savings, Interest 15.00 

Cambridge Savings, Interest 7.56 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . 60.00 

Clinton Savings, Interest 22.50 

Home Savings, Interest 15.00 

Warren Inst. Savings, Interest 40.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund 

Assabet Inst. Savings, Interest 45.03 

Middlesex Inst. Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

North Middlesex Savings, Interest .... 40.00 

Hudson Savings, Interest 50.00 

Marlboro Savings, Interest 67.50 

Lexington Savings, Interest 40.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 30.00 

Acton High School Library 

CHnton Savings, Interest 22.50 

Henry S. Raymond Fund 

Lexington Savings, Interest 14.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 16.00 

Charlestown 5 Cent Savings, Interest . . 2.41 



37,923.40 



86 

Total Cash Receipts $277,555.21 

Cash Balance January 1, 1947 123,633.99 



$401,189.20 



Payments for 1947: 

Selectmen's Orders $290,661.09 

State Taxes 858.44 



$291,519.53 



Cash Balance December 31, 1947 $109,669.67 



OUTSTANDING NOTES DECEMBER 31, 1947 

High School Addition Notes, 167-176 due 1847 to 

1957 $ 10,000.00 



SUSAN NOYES HOSMER FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 561.68 

$82,800.63 

Received Interest for 1947 1,623.59 

i 

$84,424.22 
Balance December 31, 1947 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $83,449.87 

Transfer to Town Account 974.35 

$84,424.22 

CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 50,037.21 

Unexpended Balance 1,575.75 

$51,612.96 



87 

Received for Perpetual Care 1947 1,525.00 

Received Interest for 1947 967.58 

$54,105.54 

Balance December 31, 1947 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $50,052.00 

U. S. Savings Bonds Series G 3,400.00 

Transfer to Town Account 653.54 

$54,105.54 



ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 25,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 2,930.74 

$27,930.74 

Received Interest for 1947 549.45 

$28,480.19 
Balance December 31, 1947 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $28,040.19 

Transfer to Town Account, O'payment 

1946 int 15.00 

Paid Trustee's Order 1947 425.00 

$28,480.19 



WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 16,006.09 

Unexpended Balance 380.39 

$16,386.48 

Received Interest for 1947 306.95 

$16,693.43 



88 






Balance December 31, 


1947 




Bank Balances in Savings Banks 




$15,391.70 


West Shore R. R. Bond 


. 


1,000.00 


Transfer to Town Account 




301.73 








$16,693.43 



GEORGIA E. WHITNEY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance 830.05 

$14,903.75 

Received Interest for 1947 297.74 



$15,201.49 

Balance December 31, 1947 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $14,926.49 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1947 275.00 



$15,201.49 



LUKE BLANCHARD CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Balance $1,503.56 

Received Interest for 1947 19.88 



$1,523.44 
Balance December 31, 1947 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,498.44 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,523.44 



89 

CEMETERY SURPLUS 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Balance $186.74 

Received Interest for 1947 3.28 



$190.02 
Balance December 31, 1947 
Balance in Savings Bank $190.02 

WEST ACTON FIREMEN S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Balance $687.29 

Received Interest for 1947 6.87 



$694.16 
Balance December 31, 1947 
Balance in Savings Bank $694.16 

ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 3,305.00 

Unexpended Balance 371.90 

— $3,676.90 

Received to Fund in 1947 

Company Salaries $250.00 

Interest 75.07 

325.07 



$4,001.97 

Balance December 31, 1947 

Balance in Savings Bank $3,970.97 

Paid Trustee's Orders 1947 31.00 



$4,001.97 



90 

HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 
Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 700.00 

Unexpended Balance 23.60 

$723.60 

Receiv^ed Interest for 1947 14.53 

$738.13 

Balance December 31, 1947 

Balance in Savings Bank $728.13 

Transfer to Town Account 10.00 

$738.13 

ACTON HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 54.90 

$1,554.90 

Received Interest for 1947 23.47 

$1,578.37 
Balance December 31, 1947 
Balance in Savings Bank ' $1,578.37 



HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 115.75 

$1,615.75 

Received Interest for 1947 32.41 

$1,648.16 
Balance December 31, 1947 "^ 

Balance in Savings Banks $1,648.16 

J 



91 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 

Principal Fund $ 1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 15.00 

$1,515.00 

Received Interest for 1947 30.24 

$1,545.24 

Balance December 31, 1947 
Balance in Savings Banks $1,545.24 

FRANK C. HAYWARD FUND 

Principal Fund, received July 12, 1947 $1,000.00 

Balance December 31, 1947 
Balance in Savings Bank $1,000.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer 



92 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton : 

I herewith submit my annual report covering the finan- 
cial transactions of the town for the year ended December 
31, 1947. 

You will find included in my report a detailed statement 
of the expenditures of each department and tabulated record 
showing appropriations, transfers and balances, also balance 
sheet as of December 31, 1947. 

The amount of maturing debt for 1947 is $1,000.00. 

I have verified the accounts of the Collector of Taxes and 
the Treasurer and have checked the various trust accounts in 
the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

HOWARD L. JONES 

Town Accountant 



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99 
CASH RECEIPTS AND DEPARTMENTAL PAYMENTS 

Treasurer's Receipts 

Treasurer's Itemized Report $277,555.21 

Cash Balance Jan. 1, 1947 123,633.99 

$ 401,189.20 

Payments 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Selectmen's Dept. 

Salaries and Wages: 

Arthur W. Lee 283.34 

George S. Braman 200.00 

Lawrence Donnelly 216.67 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 999.40 

1,699.41 

Expenses : 

Mass. Selectmen's Ass'n Dues 25.00 

Middlesex County Selectmen's Ass'n 

Dues 3.00 

Postage 39.50 

Advertising 41.06 

Binding Books 7.74 

P. 0. Box Rent .60 

Stationery and Forms 23.50 

140.40 

Finance Committee 

Expenses : 

Reports 6.50 

Ass'n of Finance Committee Dues . . . 10.00 

Book 8.00 

Attending Meetings 24.05 

48.55 

Moderator 

Salary : 

Albert P. Durkee 15.00 



100 

Town Accountant 

Salary : 

Howard L. Jones 700.00 

Expenses : 

Books and Stationery — Printing . . 42.78 

Postage 1.56 

Telephone 2.25 

Stenographic Services 5.00 

51.59 



Treasurer 

Salary : 

William H. Soar 650.00 

Expenses : 

Postage 130.02 

Telephones 15.30 

Books and Stationery 37.67 

Ass'n Dues 1.00 

Safety Deposit Box 6.00 

Traveling Expense to Cambridge . . . 5.00 

194.99 



Collector of Taxes 

Salary : 

Carrie M. Durkee 1,250.00 

Carrie M. Durkee, paid for clerk .... 162.90 

Expenses : 

Postage 172.44 

Books and Stationery and Printing . . 82.28 

Ass'n Dues 1.00 

Tax Title Expense 10.26 

Advertisement 4.88 

Repairing Office Equipment 28.85 



I 



1,412.90 



299.71 



101 

Assessors 

Salaries : 

Albert P. Durkee 500.00 

Carl C. Flint 500.00 

James W. Baker 500.00 

Mrs. James W. Baker, Clerk 132.75 



Expenses : 

Books and Stationery and Printing . . 78.38 

Ass'n Dues 6.00 

Notices of Transfers 54.32 

Attending Meetings 40.00 



Town Clerk 

Salaries and Wages : 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Salary 350.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Recording Vital 

Statistics 153.00 



Expenses : 

Books and Printing and Stationery . 50.92 

Ass'n Dues 3.00 

Attending Meetings 10.00 

Telephone 20.00 

Postage 18.00 

Transmitting Notices 1.00 



Elections and Registrations 

Salaries and Wages : 

Julia Barry, Registrar 125.00 

John P. Duggan, Registrar 125.00 

James W. Wilson, Registrar 125.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Clerk 50.00 

Pay Roll Election Officers 96.00 

Posting Warrants and Notifying Of- 
ficers of Election 20.00 



1,632.75 



178.70 



503.00 



102.92 



102 



Clerical Work 22.00 

Expenses : 

Stationery and Printing 110.14 

Cars, for Listing 23.22 

Rent 13.00 



563.00 



146.36 



Buildings and Grounds 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harry E. Holt, Janitor 1,040.00 

Harry E. Holt, care of grounds 538.90 

Pay Roll, labor on buildings of High- 
way Dept 304.69 

Fred Kennedy, care of common at 

West Acton 20.00 

Expenses : 

Heat 566.51 

Lights 239.18 

Telephones 111.81 

Repairs 53.48 

Dust Layer 24.00 

Cleaning Cesspool 45.00 

Janitor's Supplies 40.56 

Electrical Repairs 18.00 

Paint and Brushes 175.78 

Floor Wax 12.00 

Repairing Lawn Mowers 60.50 

Water 14.83 

Lumber and Hardware, etc 16.04 

Flags and Rope 27.32 

Painting Flag Poles 21.02 

I^awn Sweeper 46.00 

Sash 15.00 

Battery 20.20 

Shrubs 5.00 

Burner Service 13.45 

Boiler Inspection 5.00 



1,903.59 



103 



Repairs 
Sundry 



to Fire 
Items . 



Houses 



254.63 
5.95 



1,791.26 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police Department 

Salaries and Wages: 
Michael Foley, Chief 

Salary and Bonus 2,400.00 

Special Officers 1,391.05 

3,791.05 

Expenses : 

Repairs to Cruiser 114.60 

Gas and Oil 475.03 

Telephone 101.67 

Stand 11.00 

Uniforms 133.20 

Insurance 11.25 

Radio Service 115.02 

Books 9.75 

Stationery and Printing 36.64 

Ass'n Dues ' 5.00 

FlashHghts 3.10 

District Court, Serving Writ 2.40 

l,0ia.66 



Art icle II 
Radio for Cruiser 

Motorola Inc 

Fire Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

Annual Salaries 

Pay Roll, Fires 

Janitors' Wages 



770.00 
758.35 
525.00 



600.00 



2,053.35 



104 

Expenses : 

Heat 507.75 

Light 226.05 

Telephone 99.74 

Gas and Oil 102.70 

New Tires and Tubes 730.42 

Water 37.80 

Towel Service 12.00 

Changing Air Tanks 187.50 

Tire Chains 82.87 

Inspection of Air Tanks 12.00 

Checking Fire Alarm System 23.24 

Shades and Screens 16.10 

New Equipment and Supplies 340.27 

Repairing Equipment 192.45 

Pipe and Fittings 10.95 

Paint 5.68 

Removing Rubbish 8.00 

Sundry Items 7.71 



2,603.23 



Forest Fires 

Wages : 

Pay Rolls, Fighting Fires 

Special Appropriations 

Article 24, New Hose 

Article 24 1946), Forest Fire Truck . 

Article 25, Oxygen Masks 

Article 23, New Equipment 

Hydrant Service 

West and South Water Supply 2,999.99 

Town o fConcord 253.00 



1,468.95 



2,500.00 

4,698.50 

449.00 

900.00 



3,252.99 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salary : 

Edward W. Estabrook (includes auto) 



200.00 



105 



Expenses : 

Ass'n Dues . . . 
Advertising . . 
Dies, Seals, etc. 
Telephone .... 
Moving Tank . 



2.00 

5.60 

15.89 

.75 

1.50 



25.74 



Moth Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

James J. Knight, Supt 553.75 

Pay Rolls 392.74 

Expenses : 

Truck Registration 2.00 

Lead 552.00 

Spraying Materials 100.56 

Paint 6.52 

Tools 52.94 

Parts and Repairs 27.38 

Sundry Items 2.80 

Truck 259.50 

Gas and Oil 44.89 



946.49 



1,048.59 



ARTICLE 8, 1946 

Transfer Town Sprayer 
to Old Forest Truck Chassis 

Expenses : 

James J. Knight, Supt 13.75 

Labor 6.60 

Tuck r 5.50 

Acton Motor Co 173.70 



199.55 



TREE WARDEN 

Wages : 

James J. Knight, Supt 



412.50 



106 



Pay Rolls 347.50 

Suburban Tree, Pay Rolls 940.00 

Expenses : 

Truck 222.50 

Ass'n Dues 4.00 

Attending Meetings at Boston 7.20 

Supplies 9.23 

Suburban Trees, Removing Trees, 

Rental of Equipment 356.70 



ARTICLE 9 

Tree Replacement 

Wages : 

James J. Knight, Supt 56.25 

Labor 23.93 

N. E. Nurseries, Trees 147.25 

Truck 22.50 

ARTICLE 7, 1946 

Wages : 

James J. Knight, Supt 33.13 

Labor 29.90 

Truck 13.25 

Removing Trees 40.00 

N. E. Nurseries, Trees 8.25 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health 

Salaries and Wages: 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, Chairman 25.00 

Lowell Cram 15.00 

Herbert L. Leusher 10.00 

Lillian Taylor, Town Nurse (includes 



1,700.00 



599.63 



249.93 



124.53 



. 107 

transportation) 2,733.36 

Special Nurses (includes transporta- 
tion) 126.00 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, professional services 299.50 

Labor at To^\^ Dump 924.10 

Ernest Allsopp, Services as Agent . 74.30 

Expenses : 

Middlesex County Sanatorium 502.50 

Medical Supplies 105.16 

Printing and Stationery 32.67 

Postage and Express 2.91 

Posts 3.60 

Gasoline 3.18 

Issuing Licenses and Permits 11.75 



HIGHWAYS 

Village 

Expenses : 

R. C. Berry, Supt 150.00 

Pay Rolls, labor 330.08 



4,207.26 



661.77 



CATTLE INSPECTOR 
Salary : 

Ernest E. Allsopp 150.00 

INSPECTION OF SLAUGHTERING 
Salary : 

Ernest E. Allsopp 68.00 

GARBAGE COLLECTION 
Expenses : 

Henry M. Anderson 1,800.00 

Advertising 19.00 

Postage, Stationery, Telephone and 

Stenographic Services 28.75 



1,847.75 



108 



Expenses : 

Truck 


72.00 


Signs 


69.60 


Tools 


170.86 


Gasoline 


85.86 


Express 


3.67 


Chains 


13.00 


Tires and Tubes 


195.99 


Gravel 


14.80 


Torches 


18.50 


Posts 


54.00 


Lumber 


215.10 


Reflectors 

Range Oil 


21.75 
13.77 


Grease 


20.00 


Bristle Strip 


19.80 


Motor Oil 

Truck Registration 

Parts 


30.00 

4.00 

11.71 


Sundry Items 


5.66 


Rubber Suits and Gloves 

Cold Patch 


82.90 
27.44 







CHAPTER 81 

Wages : 

R. C. Berry, Supt 1,918.75 

Pay Rolls, labor 5,353.16 

Expenses : 

Trucks 1,368.25 

Rental of Machinery 2,294.08 

Cold Patch 380.42 

Oil and Tar 3,239.41 

Stone and Gravel 2,683.61 

Hauling Stone 1,417.38 

Cement 16.39 

Culvert 359.93 

Arch 1,295.68 



1,630.49 



109 
Fence 1,047.90 



CHAPTER 90 MAINTENANCE 

Brook Street 

Wages : 

R. C. Berry, Supt 60.00 

Pay Rolls, labor 208.30 

Expenses : 

Trucks 24.00 

Machinery Rental 479.60 

Arch 1,568.00 



CHAPTER 90 CONSTRUCTION 

Main Street 

Wages : 

R. C. Berry, Supt 490.00 

Pay Rolls, labor 1,652.05 

Expenses : 

Trucks 196.00 

Machinery Rental 5,840.78 

Oil and Tar 1,977.23 

Stone and Gravel 6,727.80 

Pipe 353.96 

Arch 980.00 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Wages : 

R. C. Berry, Supt 722.50 

Pay Rolls, labor 1,912.14 

Expenses : 

Trucks 1,115.88 

Plowing and Sanding 4,623.38 



21,374.96 



2,339.90 



18,217.82 



110 

Sand 519.43 

Salt 536.00 

Sand Spreader 79.00 

Paint 18.92 

Steel, Bolt and Washers 72.22 

Tires and Tubes 62.86 

Gears, Shaft 43.14 

Valves and Fittings 72.21 

Welding 67.50 

Shovels and Tools 27.45 

Hydraulic Ram and Hose 72.40 

Gasoline 2.48 



9,947.51 



ROAD MACHINERY 

Expenses : 

Repairing Grader 

Repairing Roller 

Tools 

Gas and Oil and Grease 

Welding 

Paint 

Parts 

Range Oil 

Lanterns 

Tires and Repairs 

Sundry Items 

STREET LIGHTING 
Boston Edison Co 

ARTICLE 17, 1946 
Truck for Highway Dept 

ARTICLE 22 
Sanders for Highway Dept 



60.36 
36.20 
96.70 

415.06 
79.50 
10.43 
21.40 
12.54 
13.65 

188.12 
3.82 



937.78 



4,342.73 



4,014.85 



300.00 



Ill 

ARTICLE 32, 1946 
Snow Fencing 199.50 

PAINTING TRAFFIC LINES 

Wages : 

Labor 148.50 

Expenses : 

Truck 7.50 

Paint 43.40 

199.40 



CHARITIES 

Public Welfare 

Temporary Aid: 

Cash to Individuals 1,011.00 

Fuel and Light 62.33 

Provisions 653.31 

Medical and Hospital Aid 114.50 

Rent 112.00 

Clothing 14.00 

Relief by Other Cities and Towns . . 1,535.83 

Salaries and Wages: 

Benjamin Ineson, Chairman 125.00 

Mary Laffin 75.00 

Walter Stevens 75.00 

Virginia Milbery, clerk 460.20 

Mary Laffin, Agent Old Age Assist- 
ance 600.00 

Administration Account : 

Greater Boston Community Council 

of Social Agencies 8.00 

Attending Meetings 60.00 

Ass'n Dues 2.00 

Stationery and Forms 15.50 



3,502.97 



1,335.20 



85.50 



112 

Old Age Assistance: 

Cash Aid 22,818.48 

Aid by Other Cities and Towns 980.42 

Federal Grant: 

Cash Aid 18,803.97 

42,602.87 

Aid to Dependent Children : 

Cash Aid 1,965.56 

Federal Grant: 

Cash Aid 541.69 

2,507.25 

VETERANS BENEFITS 

Salary : 

Ernest E. Allsopp, Agent 100.00 

Expenses : 

Cash Aid 1,431.22 

Fuel 121.12 

Medical and Hospital 620.94 

Rent 138.58 

Provisions 87.13 

Adm. Expense 6.02 

2,505.01 



VETERANS SERVICES 

Salaries and Wages : 

Theron A. Lowden, Services 735.00 

Clerk 212.10 

947.10 

Expenses : 

Stationery and Printing 13.60 

EDUCATION 

Salaries and Wages 61,559.35 

Fuel 3,199.94 



I 



113 

Text Books and Supplies 3,015.31 

Transportation 5,186.00 

Vocational Education 234.38 

Janitor Supplies and Power 2,172.00 

General Maintenance 2,019.72 

Outlays 940.99 

Library 147.30 

Health 259.69 

Miscellaneous Expense 362.07 



79,096.75 



759.50 



LIBRARIES 

Salaries and Wages: 

Mary Lothrop, Librarian 300.00 

Janitor 151.50 

Binding Books 100.00 

Branch Librarians 208.00 

Expenses : 

Heat 335.64 

Lights 60.72 

Postage 2.01 

Books and Printing 21.75 

Insurance 30.93 

Bulletin Board 5.75 

Lumber 7.32 

Water 12.60 

Trasnporting Books 45.00 

Fuel for Branch Libraries 62.35 

Work, Sundry Cleaning 58.64 

Sundry Items 26.48 

669.19 

Books and Magazines 601.73 

CEMETERIES 
Salaries and Wages: 

Fred S. Kennedy, Supt 1,879.16 

Pay Rolls, labor 1,590.98 

3,470.14 



114 



Expenses : 

Trucks 67.00 

Flowers and Shrubs 38.75 

Paint 25.54 

Cement 19.05 

Cards and Printing 18.53 

Lawn Seed 5.50 

Three Lawnmowers 65.52 

Repairs and Parts for Mowers 114.79 

Tools 19.04 

Gasoline and Oil 33.59 

Insurance 14.40 

Loam 20.00 

Pipe and Labor 47.24 

Hardware 13.00 

Lumber 4.45 

Lights 4.50 

Sundry Items 101.22 



PERPETUAL CARE 
Wages : 

Pay Rolls 684.22 

Expenses : 

Flowers 56.65 



612.12 



740.87 



Luke Blanchard Fund 
Care of Lot 25.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 

Wages : 

Pay Rolls 770.85 

Expenses : 

Trucks 84.25 

Fertilizer 63.06 

Paint 7.48 

Soil Soaker 4.95 

Tools 22.62 



115 

Water 21.14 

974.35 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund 

Cleaning Monument 10.00 

ARTICLE 21 
Power Lawn Mower 365.55 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Unclassified Account: 

Legal Advice 250.00 

Delivering Town Reports 8.40 

Flags 36.75 

Plans and Recording Deeds 13.00 

Express 1.39 

Printing 19.21 

Legal Advice, Zoning 50.00 

Pay Roil, Checking Town Meeting . . 30.00 

Serving Legal Papers 10.00 

Robbery and Burglary Insurance . . . 75.00 

Signs 1.75 



PLAY GROUNDS 

Wages : 

Pay Rolls 892.69 

Expenses : 

Motor 94.75 

Gang Mower 200.00 

Pipe and Wire 199.36 

Paint 36.01 

Lumber 24.00 

Welding 69.75 

Battery I7.35 

Tools 10.20 

Gas and Oil 28.39 

Sand 8.75 

Sundry Items 12.10 



495.50 



1,593.35 



116 

Town Reports: 

Printing 1023 Reports 563.64 

Bonds : 

Collector of Taxes 152.25 

Deputy Collector 5.00 

Treasurer 116.50 

Town Clerk 7.50 

281.25 

Liability Insurance: 

Premiums 733.60 

Dog Officer : 

Keeping and Destroying 50 Dogs . . . 200.00 

Expenses 100.00 

300.00 

Memorial Day : 

Expenses : 

Music 175.00 

Transportation 40.00 

Flags 59.00 

Refreshments " 15.27 

Printing 4.25 

Flowers and Wreaths 130.50 

424.02 

Article 29, 1946 

Power Mower for Town Grounds . . . 169.50 

Maturing Debt : 

High School Addition Bond . 1,000.00 

Interest on Notes and Bonds: 

Int. on High School Addition Bonds 165.00 

NO APPROPRIATION ITEMS 

State Tax 3,250.00 

State Park Tax 150.58 

State Audit 707.86 

County Tax 6.748.17 

County Hospital 1,388.11 

County Dog Licenses 947.80 



117 



Tax Refunds 189.14 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 2,626.73 

Trust Accounts 7,145.12 

Withholding Taxes 9,727.97 

Blue Cross 571.30 

County Retirement 612.15 



34,064.93 



$291,519.53 

Cash Balance December 31, 1947 109,669.67 



$401,189.20 
RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 

Town Clerk, Salaries $ 53.00 

Buildings and Grounds, Wages 203.59 

PoHce Dept. Expenses 168.66 

Fire Dept. Expenses 1,103.23 

Tree Warden 300.00 

Highways, Village Acct 200.00 

Education, Fuel Acct 200.00 

Cemetery Expense 12.12 

Recreation 600.00 

2,840.60 

MACHINERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 1,129.66 

Received from Rentals 2,888.10 

Unexpended Balance Road Machinery 

Acct 62.22 



Transferred to Road Machinery Acct. 1,000.00 
Balance December 31, 1947 3,079.98 



4,079.98 



4,079.98 



CEMETERY LAND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1947 983.35 

Received from Sale of Lots 300.00 

1,283.35 

Balance December 31, 1947 $ 1,283.35 



118 
BALANCE SHEET December 31, 1947 

Assets 

Cash $109,669.67 

A.ccounts Receivable: 
Taxes: 
Levy of 1945 

Real Estate .01 

Levy of 1946 

Real Estate $ 6,303.78 

Personal 972.54 

Polls 76.00 

7,352.32 

Levy of 1947 

Real Estate 20,379.51 

Personal 2,828.32 

Polls 518.00 

23,725.83 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes 

Levy of 1946 202.56 

Levy of 1947 1,520.07 

1,722.63 

Tax Judgment 502.62 

Tax Titles and Possessions 

Tax Titles .. 1,249.14 

Tax Title Possessions 346.21 

1,595.35 

Departmental 

County Dog- Account 88.00 

Welfare 2,374.35 

State Aid 73.35 

Military Aid 847.72 

Old Age Assistance 59.83 

Aid to Dependent Children 118.54 

3,561.79 

State and County Aid to Highways 

State 22,464.27 

County 7,160.99 

29,625.26 

$177,755.48 



119 

Liabilities and Reserves 

Tailings Account $ 132.95 

Withholding: Tax 171.95 

Blue Cross 28.95 

County Retirement 201.88 

Cemetery Land Fund 1,283.35 

Road Machinery Fund 3,079.98 

County Dog Licenses 13.80 

State and County Assessments 596.38 

Appropriation Balances : 

Emergency Fire Truck $ 6,000.00 

Highways, Chap. 90 Maintenance 4,660.10 

Highways, Chap. 90 Main Street 2,355.64 

Snow Plow 700.00 

Snow Fence 200.00 

Fluorescent Lighting 1,550.00 

Power Mower for Play Grounds 600.00 

Post War Committee 500.00 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Fencing Coward Field 1,000.00 

18,065.74 

Reserve Fund, Overlay Surplus 5,263.92 

Overlays, Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1945 .01 

Levy of 1946 1,450.10 

Levy of 1947 3,087.46 

4,537.57 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax 1,722.63 

Tax Titles 1,595.35 

Departmental 3.561.79 

State and County Aid to Highways 29,625.26 

36,505.03 

Surplus Revenue 107,873.98 



$177,755.48 



120 

Debt Account 

Net Funded Debt $ 10,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities : 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $209,113.74 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$212,579.28 



121 

Debt Account 

School House Addition Loan $ 10,000.00 



Henry S. Raymond, Monument Fund $ 728.13 

Henry S. Raymond, Cemetery Fund 1,648.16 

Frank C. Heywood Cemetery Fund 1,000.00 

Charlotte Conant School Fund , 1,578.37 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund 28,040.19 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 14,926.49 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 16,391.70 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 3,970.97 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 694.16 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 53,452.00 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 190.02 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,498.44 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 1,545.24 

Susan Hosmer Cemetery Fund 83,449.87 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 

$212,579.28 



Respectfully submitted. 



HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant 



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REPORT OF THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Howard J. Billings, Chairman 
Murray Brown 
Arthur F. Davis 
Eugene L. Hall 
Ralph W. Piper 
Arthur M. Whitcomb 
Wendell F. Davis 
Florence A. Merriam 
Mrs. Harlan E. Tuttle 

The last three members hold office by election. The others 
are Life Members. 

Librarians 

Katherine Kinsley West Acton Branch 

Mary Lothrop Memorial Library 

Ina S. Wheeler South Acton Branch 

James H. Tolman Janitor 

The Wachusett Library Group held its two regular meet- 
ings during the year. In the Spring, we were received very 
hospitably by the Library in Lancaster. I had the pleasure of 
having Mrs. Tuttle with m.e. For the Fall meeting, we were 
met with equal cordiality in Leominster. Both gatherings 
proved profitable. 

The attic of our main Library has been thoroughly regu- 
lated and cleaned as well as we could do it. It was slow w^ork 
as we had to be careful not to discard anything of value. The 
sets of books there now are all one' kind together and in 
sequence. 

We are now circulating Pocket Books in order to save 
expense. They ought to stand up for at least six readings. 
About 100 have been given to us and w^hen we buy them, they 
cost $.23. Many are identical with books costing in the vicinity 
of $2. 



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All magazines but the current copies will be put into 
circulation in 1948. 

The Children's party at The Acton Woman's Club House 
in May, seems to have become an annual occurrence. We 
thank all those who helped to make the children happy, espe- 
cially Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Allen. They showed moving pictures 
of their travels and generously added some funny films which 
amused us all. More than once, children have come to me to 
get started on their State Certificate Reading, with this pref- 
ace, "I want a book so I can go to the movies at the Club 
House." We are indebted to the teachers of the Town, who 
not only inspired children younger than Fourth Grade to begin 
work, but who cooperated wonderfully. Keeping track of the 
reports and filling in certificates means a lot of detail added 
to an already crowded schedule. 

Those to whom Mr. Billings presented Honor Certificates, 
were : 



Sylvia Jewell 
Dardana Berry 
Richard Laffin 
Elaine Priest 
Joanne Acorn 
David Sibel 

"Margaret Mary Sweeney 
*Rita Spinney 

**First Third Grade 
*Received two 



Priscilla Steeves 
"Maralen Moody 
Freddie Tuttle 
Christine Elmes 
*Eunice Spinney 
Margaret Cameron 
Edith McMillan 
.** Judith Hatch 
child to receive a Certificate 



Honorable mention was given to the following second 
grade pupils for reporting to their teachers. 



Edwin Anderson 
Betsy Braman 
Joseph Coyne 
Marcia Hollowell 
Deborah Gatchell 
Linda Christofi'erson 



6 books 
5 books 
4 books 
4 books 
3 books 
3 books 



So much for what has been done. For what needs 'lo be 
done, I am overwhelmed by the crying needs. Books have 
risen in price but even so, we are in a fairly comfortable 



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position to buy books, due to the Town Appropriation and the 
generous bequests of our friends. However, the Library is 
very much as it was in 1890. Since nothing stands still, we 
must have gone back or ahead. According to statistics, our 
State rating is very low. If we are to keep pace with modern 
Libraries and make our organization serve the public more 
effectively, we must do something. To try for everything at 
once is always folly. To try for anything in these times, means 
money, which buys very little. We COULD make a begin- 
ning. Those who are in sympathy with these ideas, will have 
an opportunity to drop coins in a sealed box, whenever inclined. 
Do not despise the lowly penny or the nickel! Reflect on the 
snowstorm and learn a lesson in mass production through the 
silent, persistent and patient cooperation of tiny trifles. For 
those who are interested, we need (perhaps not in this order) 
the following: 

1. A new lighting system, the old one being very poor 
in galleries. 

2. A new charging system. 

3. Re-classifying and re-cataloging of all books. 

4. A Children's room. 

5. A proper assembling and unifying of our War Tro- 
phies, since Acton has a pre-eminent place in American History 
and this building is a War Memorial. 

Accession — Number of volumes in Library Jan. 1, 1947 21,136 

Increase by purchase 290 

Increase by gift 29G 

Withdrawn from circulation 1,154 

Number of volumes in Library January 1, 1948 20,568 

Circulation — Number of days Library was open 102 

Number of volumes circulated 15,027 

Largest daily circulation — on June 4 381 

Smallest daily circulation — on December 24 23 
Daily average 147 plus 
Financial receipts from Fines $139.31 
Financial receipts — miscellaneous 113.69 
Financial receipts — Sale of books 24.52 



$277.52 



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In 1944 the circulation was 7419. In 1947 it was 15,027. 
For the latter year, the books divided themselves as follows: 

Fiction 9603 Juvenile 3489 Non-Fiction 1935 

A comparison of circulation shows that in three years, 
we have more than doubled our output. This indicates in- 
creased interest on the part of the reading pubHc. Further, it 
lays on the shoulders of the Library officials the pleasant task 
of meeting the needs of the people in a still more effective 
way. Comparing with last year's report, you will see that the 
largest gain lies with Fiction and the smallest with Non- 
Fiction, which two departments hold respectively high and 
low place in circulation. Instead of joy over Fiction rating, 
I am depressed at the lack in Non-Fiction. Any constructive 
criticism about this, will be welcome. 

Gifts of books have been received from those listed 
below. We cannot be too grateful for their generosity, — grati- 
fying at any time but especially so when prices are so high 
for either the givers or us. 

Mrs. Stuart Allen, 44 ; Anonymous, 31 ; Miss Gladys Bean, 
25; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 10; Chrysler Corpora- 
tion, 1 ; Augustine B. Conant, 17 ; Mrs. Laura Forbes, 1 ; W. W. 
Forbes, M.D., 10 ; Robert Frazier, 5 ; Lorraine Hope, 1 ; Saul 
Jof tes, 1 ; Burton Jones, 1 ; Irene Lehtinen, 1 ; L. A. Lincoln, 1 ; 
Mrs. Marion McCleary, 73 ; MacMillan Publishing Co., 1 ; James 
J. Moody, 14 ; Mildred Pope Moore, 89 ; National Foreign Trade 
Council, 1 ; Ruth Penney, 6 ; Mrs. Edgar Perkins, 2 ; Ralph W. 
Piper, Jr., 17; Mrs. Everett Putnam, 7; Mrs. Jesse Reynolds, 
1 ; Miss Esther Taylor, 2 ; David Thompson, 2 ; Trustees under 
the Will of Mary Baker Eddy, 2; U.S.A., 3; E. H. Washburn, 
1; Walter C. White, Jr., 2. 

In addition, we thank W. A. Stevens and W. B. Stevens 
and E. H. Washburn for many magazines. A person who 
wishes to remain unknown gave us $1. Mr. Moody has been 
kind and thoughtful, also one whom I do not know, in getting 
boxes of books which were too heavy for me to lift, from the 
P.O. to the Library. The American Legion Post No. 284 
presented us with a flag which belonged to Isaac Davis Post 
No. 138 and was used by the G.A.R. Post. We express our 
gratitude to them. 



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I have had one old volume of Town Reports rebound 
because it was falling to pieces, and at the same time I had 
the reports for the last five years bound. I had Shattuck's 
History of Concord rebound. 

MARY LOTHROP 

Librarian 



Adams, S. H. 
Aldrich, B. S. 
Andrezel, P. 
Armstrong, C. 
Arnold, E. 
Asch, S. 
Baldwin, F. 

Balzac, H. 



Barber, E. 0. 
Barnes, M. C. 
Bassett, S. W. 
Bates, H. E. 
Baum, V. 
Beresford-Howe, 
Best, Herbert 
Black, T. B. 
Bourne, P. 
Bower, B. M. 
Brace, G. W. 
Brand, M. 

Bridge, Ann 
Bromfield, L. 
Buck, Pearl 
^urt. K. M. 
Busch, N. 



FICTION 

Banner by the Wayside 

Song of Years 

The Angelic Avengers 

The Innocent Flower 

Blood Brother 

East River 

Give Love the Air 

Medical Center 

The Cat and the Racket and Other 

Stories 
Eugenie Grandet and Other Stories 
Pere Goriot 
The Wall Between 
Within the Hollow Crown 
Head Wind 

Fair Stood the Wind for France 
Mortgage on Life 
The Unreasoning Heart 
Young 'Un 
The 3-13 Murders 
Drums of Destiny 
The Whoop-up Trail 
The Garretson Chronicle 
Fightin' Fool 
The Fighting Four 
Singing Waters 
Colorado 

Pavilion of Women 
Lady in the Tower 
Duel in the Sun 



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Caldwell, T. 

Campbell, Alice 
Carleton, M. 
Carr, J. D. 
Carroll, G. H. 
Cavanna, B. 



Champneys, A. 
Clemens, S. L. 
Coats worth, E. 
Collins, N. 
Colver, A. R. 
Corbett, E. 
Corbett, Jim 
Costain, T. 



Coxe, G. H. 
Cronin, A. J. 
Dahl, B. 
Davenport, G. 
Davenport, M. 
Davidson, D. 
Davis, F. C. 
Davis, R. H. 



Dawson, P. 
Dean, A. 
Deeping, W. 

De la Roche 
DeVoto, B. 
Disney, D. M. 
Duncan, T. W. 
Eberhart, M. G. 



There Was a Time 

This Side of Innocence 

With Bated Breath 

The Swan Sang Once 

He Who Whispers 

While the Angels Sing 

The Black Spaniel Mystery 

Puppy Stakes 

The Secret Passage 

Spurs for Suzanna 

Red Sun and Harvest Moon 

The Gilded Age 

Cat Who Went to Heaven 

Dulcimer Street 

Three Loves are Mine 

The Lady with a Parasol 

Man-eaters of Kumaon 

For My Great Folly 

The Moneyman 

Ride with Me 

The Fifth Key 

The Green Years 

Karen 

Return Engagement 

East Side, West Side 

The Steeper Cliff 

Thursday's Blade 

Gallegher and Other Stories 

The King's Jackal 

Soldiers of Fortune 

High Country 

Chanticleer's Muffled Crow 

The Impudence of Youth 

Laughing House 

Finch's Fortune 

Mountain Time 

Who Rides a Tiger 

Gus the Great 

Another Woman's House 

The White Dress 

Wings of Fear 



128 



Eden, E. 
Edmonds, W. D. 
Ermine, W. 
Ertz, S. 
t^'aralla, D. 
Ferber, E. 
Feuchtwangel, L. 
Field, P. 

Field, R. 
Fletcher, I. 

Foster, M. 
Fox, N. A. 
France, A. 

Freedman, B. and N. 
Frey, R. F. 
Gaboriau, E. 

Gaines, A. 
Gardner, E. S. 

Godden, R. 
Gooden, A. H. 
Gorman, H. 
Grey, Z. 
Hall, J. N. 
Halloran, E. E. 
Hancock, L. A. 

Hartley, L. P. 
Hay cox, E. 
Heggen, T. 
Hendryx, J. B. 
Heyer G. 
Hichens, R. 
Hilton, J. 
Hobson, L. Z. 
Hodgins, E. 

Holland, M. 



The Semi-attached Couple 

In the Hands of the Senecas 

The Drifting Kid 

Mary Hallam 

The Magnificent Barb 

One Basket 

Proud Destiny 

Midnight Round-up 

Trail from Needle Rock 

Kitty 

Lusty Wind for Carolina 

Toil of the Brave 

American Dream 

The Rider from Yonder 

The Six Greatest Novels 

Mrs. Mike 

Red Morning 

The Count's Millions 

File No. 113 

Omit Flowers, Please 

The Case of the Dangerous Dowager 

The Case of the Perjured Parrot 

The River 

The Shadowed Trail 

The Wine of San Lorenzo 

The Valley of Wild Horses 

Lost Island 

Shadow of the Badlands 

Doctor Kim 

Resident Nurse 

The West Window 

The Border Trumpet 

Mister Roberts 

The Saga of Halfaday Creek 

Friday's Child 

Too Much Love of Living 

Nothing So Strange 

Gentleman's Agreement 

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream 

House 
The Glass Heart 



129 



Hopkins, S., Jr. 
Hopkins, Tom J. 
Houston, Noel 
Howie, E. 
Howe, H. 
Hughes, L. W. 
Hutchinson, A. S. M. 
Hutter, C. 
Irving, A. 
James, F. 
Jerome, J. K. 
Jones, I. 
Kane, H. T. 
Kelly, E. P. 
Kenyon, T. 
Keyes, F. P. 



King, R. 
Kipling, R. 

Knight, K. M. 
Kyne, P. B. 
La Farge, C. 
Lancaster, B. 
Laurence, H. 
Lehmann, R. 
Leonard, C. L. 
Leslie, J. 
Lewis, S. 

Little, C. and G. 

Lockridge, F. and R. 

Lockwood, M. 
Longstreet, S. 
Lovelace, M. H. 
Lutz, G. L. H. 
McCracken, H. 
McCrone, G. 



The Parchment Key 

Bullets over Broken Leg 

The Great Promise 

Cry Murder 

We Happy Few 

No Time for Tears 

If Winter Comes 

On Some Fair Morning 

Bitter Ending 

Killer in the Kitchen 

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellov/ 

Vermilion 

New Orleans Woman 

The Trumpeters of Krakow 

That Skipper from Stonington 

Came a Cavalier 

Parts Unknown 

The River Road 

Museum Piece No. 13 

Indian Tales 

Plain Tales from the Hills 

Footbridge to Death 

The Peter B. Kyne Omnibus 

The Sudden Guest 

The Scarlet Patch 

Death of a Doll 

The Ballad and the Source 

Expert in Murder 

Two Faced Murder 

Cass Timberlane 

Kingsblood Royal 

The Black Eye 

The Black Goatee 

Death of a Tall Man 

Killing the Goose 

Lo and Behold 

Three Days 

Betsy was a Junior 

Where Two Ways Met 

Sentinel of the Snow Peaks 

Red Plush 



130 



MacDonald, W. C. 
Maclnnes, H. 
Manning, R. 
Marble, L. S. 
Marquand, J. P. 
Marsh, N. 
Marshall, B. 
Marshall, E. 
Martin, A. E. 
Maugham, W. S. 
Maule, H. E., Ed. 
Miller, H. T. 
Molloy, R. 
Montgomery, L. M. 
Morris, I. V. 
Noble, B. 
Norris, K. 

Ogilvie, E. 
Owen, F. 

Pakington, H. 

Parmenter, C. W. 
Partridge, B. 
Perenyi, E. 
Plaidy, J. 
Pocket Books 
Pratt, T. 
Prouty, 0. H. 
Queen, E. 



Quentin, P. 

Reilly, H. 
Renault, M. 
Rhode, J. 
Richter, C. 
Roberts, K. 
Robertson, F. C. 



Master of the Mesa 

Friends and Lovers 

Tangled Trail 

The Lady Forgot 

B.F.'s Daughter 

Final Curtain 

Vespers in Vienna 

The Upstart 

Death in the LimeHght 

Creatures of Circumstance 

Western Stories 

Candle in the Morning 

Uneasy Spring 

Mistress Pat 

Liberty Street 

Doreen 

Heartbroken Melody 

The Secrets of Hillyard House 

The Ebbing Tide 

Teen Age Companion 

Teen Age Sport Stories 

Aston Kings 

Four in Family 

Fair were the Days 

January Thaw 

More was Lost 

Beyond the Blue Mountain 

Miscellaneous 

Valley Boy 

Home Port 

Adventures of Ellery Queen 

The Dragon's Teeth 

The Ellery Queen Omnibus 

Puzzle for Pilgrims 

Puzzle for Puppets 

The Silver Leopard 

Return to Night 

Death in Harley Street 

Always Young and Fair 

Lydia Bailey 

Boomerang Jail 



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Ross, N. W. 

Roy, G. 

Ruck, B. 

Ryan, S. 

Haig-Brown, R. L. 

Hamman, M. and Eds. of 

Mile. 
H^ard, Walter 
Hathaway, K. B. 

flendrick, B. J. 
Hicks, A. M. 
Hicks, Maj. James E. 
Howe, M. A. DeWolfe 
[nstitutional 



James, M. 
Jennings, J. 
Karski, Jan 
Keith, A. N.. 
Kramer, A. B. and B. L. 
Lomax, J. A. 
Langstaff, J. Brett 
Laurie, A. 
Lauterbach, R. E. 



The Left Hand is the Dreamer 

The Tin Flute 

Surprise Engagement 

Death Never Weeps 

A River Never Sleeps 

The Mademoiselle Handbook 

The Connecticut 

The Journals and Letters of the 
Little Locksmith 

Statesmen of the Lost Cause 

Craft of Handmade Rugs 

Notes on U.S. Ordnance, Vol. 1 

Boston Landmarks 

Acts and Resolves of Mass. 1946 

Annual Proceedings of the Ameri- 
can Legion 1945 

Annual ^^eport of the Librarian of 
Congress 

Disabled Veterans of the World 
War 

Journal of the House of Repre- 
sentatives 1946 

Journal of the Senate 1946 

Manual of the General Court 

Annual Report of the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars 1945 Mass. 

Mass. Proceedings V.F.W. 1946 

Mass. Proceedings of Encampment 
U.S.W.V. 1945 

Smithsonian Report 1945 

Smithsonian Report 1946 

The Metropolitan Life 

Boston, Cradle of Liberty 

Story of a Secret State 

Three Came Home 

God's Reach for Man 

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter 

Dr. Bard of Hyde Park 

Memoires D'un Collegien 

Through Russia's Back Door 



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Lavisse, E. 
Leib, F. G. 
Leichtentritt, H. 
Liebling, A. J. 
Lindsay, A. W. 
Livingston, S. 
McClinton, K. M. 
Mann, H. 
Marshall, K. T. 
Matthews, A. R. 
Maus, C. P. 
May, J. Lewis 
Melbo, L R. 
Morganstern, G. 
Mosser, M. 
Mussey, B. 
Oakley, A. 
Pack, G. 
Paisley, E. W. 
Papashvily, G. and H. 
Partridge, B., and Bett- 

mann, 0. 
Paul, E. 
Pearson, H. S. 
Peattie, D. C. 
Petersham, M. and M. 
Picken, M. B. 

P.O. Department, Wash- 
ington 
Roberts, K., and A. M. 

Shakespeare, W. 
Smith, H. S. "Skipper" 
Smith, R. 
Spears, R. W. 

Spencer, J. A. 

Spink, J. E. 

State Street Trust Co. 



Histoire de France 

Boston Red Sox 

Serge Koussevitzky 

The Road Back to Paris 

The Problems of Evolution 

Must Men Hate ? 

A Handbook of Popular Antiques 

Annals of Dedham 

Together 

The Assault 

World's Greatest Madonnas 

Cardinal Newman 

Our Country's National Parks 

Pearl Harbor 

Good Maine Food 

Old New England 

Kaleidoscopic Quebec 

Jewelry and Enameling 

Sanctuary 

Anything Can Happen 

As We Were 

I inden on the Saugus Branch 

The Countryman's Cook Book 

Immortal Village 

America's Stamps 

Modern Dressmaking Made Easy 

Sewing for Everyone 

Description of U.S. Postage Stamps 

1847-1947 
Moreau de St. Mery's American 

Journey 1793-1798 
Complete Works 
A Yachtsman's Coast Pilot 
Baseball 
Make and Remodel Home 

Furnishings 
History of the United States 

4 volumes 
Le Beau Pays de France 
Some Statues of Boston 



133 



Stefansson, V., Ed. 
Stout, W. W. 
Toynbee, A. J. 
Trumbull, R. 
Turner, W. J., Ed. 
Up de Graaf, F. W. 
Van de Velte, Th. H. 
VValmsley, L. 
Wainwright, Gen. J. M. 
Wessely, J. E. 

White, T. H. and Jacoby, 
Yates, H. 
Yutang, Lin 
Ziff, W. B. 



Great Adventures and Explorations 
Secret 

A Study of History 
The Raft 

Panorama of Rural England 
Head Hunters of the Amazon 
Ideal Marriage 
Turn of the Tide 
Gen. Wainwright's Story 
Dictionary of English and Italian 
Language 
A. Thunder Out of China 
70 Miles from a Lemon 
The Gay Genius 
The Gentlemen Talk of Peace 



Averill, E. 
Babcock, J. 
Bartrug, C. M. 
Beach, C. A. 
Bechdolt, J. 
Becker, C. 
Beim, J. 
Bishop, K. 
Bothwell, J. 

Brown, M. W. 

Burgess, Thornton W. 
Cavanna, B. 

Clymer, E. 
Coblentz, C. C. 
Dana, D. 
Davis, L. R. 
deAngeli, M. 
deJong, D. 
Disney, Walt 
Doane, E. E. and P. 



JUVENILE 

The School for Cats 

Daddy and Me 

Mother Goose Etiquette Rhymes 

Air Service Boys on the Atlantic 

Trusty, the Story of a Police Horse 

The Three Little Steps 

Andy and the School Bus 

Chris 

Little Boat Boy 

Star of India 

The Golden Egg Book 

Goodnight, Moon! 

Billy Mink 

Going on Sixteen 

Our Country's Story 

The Trolley Car Family 

Scatter, the Chipmunk 

Sugar Bush 

Roger and the Fox 

Jared's Island 

Return to the Level Land 

Uncle Remus Stories 

Peter's Birthday Party 



134 



Donahey, W. 



Elting, M. 
Enright, E. 

Fitzhugh, P. K. 

Freeman, M. B. 

Garis, L. 

Gilbert, H. E. 

Grannam, M. 

Greene, J. 

Grimm 

Gustavson, H. 

Habberton, J. 

Samuel, M. 
Sarton, M- 
Savage, L., Jr. 
Schofield, W. G. 
Scott, N. A. 
Seifert, E. 
Sharp, M. 

Shellabarger, S. 
Sherman, R. 
Shipman, N. 
Shute, N. 
Siller, Van 
Simmons, M. I. 
ST:ence, H. 
Sperry, A. 

Standish, R. 
Steinbeck, J. 
Stevenson, D. E. 

Stevenson, R. L. 



Stone, E. M. 



Teenie-Weenie Days 

Teenie-Weenie Neighbors 

Teenie-Weenie Town 

Trains at Work 

The Melendy Family 

The Sea is All Around 

Pee-Wee Harris on the Trail 

Fun with Cooking 

Judy Jordan's Discovery 

Mr. Plum and the Little Green Tree 

Just Mary Stories 

The Forgetful Elephant 
The Golden Goose 

Up Goes the House 

Helen's Babies 

Web of Lucifer 

The Bridge of Years 

Tieasure of the Brasada 

The Cat in the Convoy 

The Story of Mrs. Murphy 

Orchard Hill 

Britannia Mews 

Cluny Brown 

Prince of Foxes 

The Bright Promise 

No Secret Can Be Told 

The Chequer Board 

One Alone 

The Disappearing Dolls 

Vain Shadow 

Call it Courage 

Danger to Windward 

Mr. On Loong 

The Red Pony 

Celia's House 

Mrs. Tim Gets a Job 

The Black Arrow 

Merry Men and Dr. Jekyll 

New Arabain Nights 

"treasure Island 

Poison, Poker and Pistols 



135 



Streatfeild, N. 
Sturges-Jones, M. 
Taylor, E. 
Thane, E. 

Thirkell, A. 

Tomkinson, G. 
Tunis, J. R. 
Turnbull, A. 
Upson, W. H. 
VVakeman, F. 
Walker, M. 
Wallis, R. S. 
Waugh, E. 
Weekley, W. G. 
Wellman, P. I. 

Wells, Susan 
Wentworth, P. 
Weston, C. 
Wilde, P. 
Williams, B. A. 
Winsor, Kathleen 
Wister, 0. 
Yerby, F. 

Young, G. 



Theater Shoes 

In Wedlock Wake 

Palladian 

Dawn's Early Light 

The Light Heart 

Cheerfulness Breaks In 

Peace Breaks Out 

Welcome Wilderness 

A City for Lincoln 

The Bishop's Mantle 

How to be Rich Like Me 

The Saxon Charm 

The Quarry 

Cold Bed in the Clay 

Brideshead Re-visited 

The Ledger of Lying Dog 

The Bowl of Brass 

The Walls of Jericho 

Footsteps in the Air 

Miss Silver Deals with Death 

The Dark Wood 

P. Moran, Operative 

House Divided 

Forever Amber 

The Virginian 

The Foxes of Harrow 

The Vixens 

Red Clark in Paradise 

Red Clark at the Showdown 



Abbott, J. R. 
Adams, J. T. 



iVrbib-Costa, A. 
Aswell, J. R. 



NON-FICTION 

The Nations at War 

Album of American History 

Colonial Period 
Album of American History — 

1783-1853 
Album of American History — 

1853-1893 
Italian Lessons 
Native American Humor 



136 



Barton, F. B. 
Baxter, W. T. 

Belloc, H. 
Bergman, R. 
Brink, C. 

Brooks, VanWyck 
Byrnes, J. F. 
Carroll, L. R. 
Charles, C. E. 
Christowe, S. 
Clark, B. 
Coatsworth, E. 
Coffin, R. P. T. 
Colvin, I. 
Craven, T. 
Cresson, M. F. 
Crosby, K. 

Crowe, J. 
Cunningham, B. 
Davis, C. G. 
Dimnet, E. 
Dole, M. P. 
Dowdey, C. 
Du Nouy, L. 
Eddy, Mary Baker 



Fanning, L. M. 
Forbes, E. 
Frost, Robert 
Fuentes and Francois 
Gibbings, R. 
Gould, R. E. 
Govan, A. C. 
Government Bulletin 
Government Bulletin 
Greenslet, F. 
Gunther, J. 
Hall, M. 



Photography as a Hobby 
Jewelry, Gem-Cutting and 

Metalcraft 
Marie Antoinette 
With Fly, Plug and Bait 
Harps in the Wind 
The Times of Melville and Whitman 
Speaking Frankly 
Pressure Cookery 
Gun Collector's Handbook of Values 
My American Pilgrimage 
Hawaii, the 49th State 
Maine Ways 
Yankee Coast 
Carson, the Statesman 
Men of Art 
Journey into Fame 
Blue Water Men and Other Cape- 

Codders 
The Book of Trout Lore 
The Pearl of her Sex 
How to Make Ship Block Models 
What Men Live By 
A Doctor in Homespun 
Experiment in Rebellion 
Human Destiny 
Miscellaneous Writings 
Science and Health with Key to 
the Scriptures 

American Oil Operations Abroad 

The Boston Book 

Steeple Bush 

A Trip to Latin America 

Lovely is the Lee 

Yankee Drummer 

Wings at my Window 

Infant Care 

Your Child from One to Six 

Under the Bridge 

Inside the U.S.A. 

Copy Kate 



129 



Hopkins, S., Jr. 
Hopkins, Tom J. 
Houston, Noel 
Howie, E. 
Howe, H. 
Hughes, L. W. 
Hutchinson, A. S. M. 
Hutter, C. 
Irving', A. 
James, F. 
Jerome, J. K. 
Jones, I. 
Kane, H. T. 
Kelly, E. P. 
Kenyon, T. 
Keyes, F. P. 



King, R. 
Kipling, R. 

Knight, K. M. 
Kyne, P. B. 
La Farge, C. 
Lancaster, B. 
Laurence, H. 
Lehmann, R. 
Leonard, C. L. 
Leslie, J. 
Lewis, S. 

Little, C. and G. 

Lockridge, F. and R. 

Lockwood, M. 
Longstreet, S. 
Lovelace, M. H. 
Lutz, G. L. H. 
McCracken, H. 
McCrone, G. 



The Parchment Key 

Bullets over Broken Leg 

The Great Promise 

Cry Murder 

We Happy Few 

No Time for Tears 

If Winter Comes 

On Some Fair Morning 

Bitter Ending 

Killer in the Kitchen 

Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellov; 

Vermilion 

New Orleans Woman 

The Trumpeters of Krakow 

That Skipper from §tonington 

Came a Cavalier 

Parts Unknown 

The River Road 

Museum Piece No. 13 

Indian Tales 

Plain Tales from the Hills 

Footbridge to Death 

The Peter B. Kyne Omnibus 

The Sudden Guest 

The Scarlet Patch 

Death of a Doll 

The Ballad and the Source 

Expert in Murder 

Two Faced Murder 

Cass Timberlane 

Kingsblood Royal 

The Black Eye 

The Black Goatee 

Death of a Tall Man 

Killing the Goose 

Lo and Behold 

Three Days 

Betsy was a Junior 

Where Two Ways Met 

Sentinel of the Snow Peaks 

Red Plush 



130 



MacDonald, W. C. 
Maclnnes, H. 
Manning, R. 
Marble, L. S. 
Marquand, J. P. 
Marsh, N. 
Marshall, B. 
Marshall, E. 
Martin, A. E. 
Maugham, W. S. 
Maule, H. E., Ed. 
Miller, H. T. 
Molloy, R. 
Montgomery, L. M. 
Morris, I. V. 
Noble, B. 
Norris, K. 

Ogilvie, E. 
Owen, F. 

Pakington, H. 

Parmenter, C. W. 
Partridge, B. 
Perenyi, E. 
Plaidy, J. 
Pocket Books 
Pratt, T. 
Prouty, 0. H. 
Queen, E. 



Quentin, P. 

Reilly, H. 
Renault, M. 
Rhode, J. 
Richter, C. 
Roberts, K. 
Robertson, F. C. 



Master of the Mesa 

Friends and Lovers 

Tangled Trail 

The Lady Forgot 

B.F.'s Daughter 

Final Curtain 

Vespers in Vienna 

The Upstart 

Death in the Limehght 

Creatures of Circumstance 

Western Stories 

Candle in the Morning 

Uneasy Spring 

Mistress Pat 

Liberty Street 

Doreen 

Heartbroken Melody 

The Secrets of Hillyard House 

The Ebbing Tide 

Teen Age Companion 

Teen Age Sport Stories 

Aston Kings 

Four in Family 

Fair were the Days 

January Thaw 

More was Lost 

Beyond the Blue Mountain 

Miscellaneous 

Valley Boy 

Home Port 

Adventures of Ellery Queen 

The Dragon's Teeth 

The Ellery Queen Omnibus 

Puzzle for Pilgrims 

Puzzle for Puppets 

The Silver Leopard 

Return to Night 

Death in Harley Street 

Always Young and Fair 

Lydia Bailey 

Boomerang Jail 



131 



Ross, N. W. 
Roy, G. 
Ruck, B. 
Ryan, S. 

Haig-Brown, R. L. 
Hamman, M. and Eds. of 

Mile. 
Hard, Walter 
Hathaway, K. B. 

flendrick, B. J. 
Micks, A. M. 
Hicks, Maj. James E. 
Howe, M. A. DeWolfe 

Institutional 



James, M. 
Jennings, J. 
Karski, Jan 
Keith, A. N. 
Kramer, A. B. and B. 
Lomax, J. A. 
Langstaff, J. Brett 
Laurie, A. 
Lauterbach, R. E. 



The Left Hand is the Dreamer 

The Tin Flute 

Surprise Engagement 

Death Never Weeps 

A River Never Sleeps 

The Mademoiselle Handbook 

The Connecticut 

The Journals and Letters of the 
Little Locksmith 

Statesmen of the Lost Cause 

Craft of Handmade Rugs 

Notes on U.S. Ordnance, Vol. 1 

Boston Landmarks 

Acts and Resolves of Mass. 1946 

Annual Proceedings of the Ameri- 
can Legion 1945 

Annual Report of the Librarian of 
Congress 

Disabled Veterans of the World 
War 

Journal of the House of Repre- 
sentatives 1946 

Journal of the Senate 1946 

Manual of the General Court 

Annual Report of the Veterans of 
Foreign Wars 1945 Mass. 

Mass. Proceedings V.F.W. 1946 

Mass. Proceedings of Encampment 
U.S.W.V. 1945 

Smithsonian Report 1945 

Smithsonian Report 1946 

The Metropolitan Life 

Boston, Cradle of Liberty 

Story of a Secret State 

Three Came Home 

God's Reach for Man 

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter 

Dr. Bard of Hyde Park 

Memoires D'un Collegien 

Through Russia's Back Door 



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Lavisse, E. 
Leib, F. G. 
Leichtentritt, H. 
Liebling, A. J. 
Lindsay, A. W. 
Livingston, S. 
McClinton, K. M. 
Mann, H. 
Marshall, K. T. 
Matthews, A. R. 
Maus, C. P. 
May, J. Lewis 
Melbo, L R. 
Morganstern, G. 
Mosser, M. 
Mussey, B. 
Oakley, A. 
Pack, G. 
Paisley, E. W. 
Papashvily, G. and H. 
Partridge, B., and Bett- 

mann, 0. 
Paul, E. 
Pearson, H. S. 
Peattie, D. C. 
Petersham, M. and M. 
Picken, M. B. 

P.O. Department, Wash- 
ington 
Roberts, K., and A. M. 

Shakespeare, W. 
Smith, H. S. "Skipper" 
Smith, R. 
Spears, R. W. 

Spencer, J. A. 

Spink, J. E. 

State Street Trust Co. 



Histoire de France 

Boston Red Sox 

Serge Koussevitzky 

The Road Back to Paris 

The Problems of Evolution 

Must Men Hate ? 

A Handbook of Popular Antiques 

Annals of Dedham 

Together 

The Assault 

World's Greatest Madonnas 

Cardinal Newman 

Our Country's National Parks 

Pearl Harbor 

Good Maine Food 

Old New England 

Kaleidoscopic Quebec 

Jewelry and Enameling 

Sanctuary 

Anything Can Happen 

As We Were 

Linden on the Saugus Branch 

The Countryman's Cook Book 

Immortal Village 

America's Stamps 

Modern Dressmaking Made Easy 

Sewing for Everyone 

Description of U.S. Postage Stamps 

1847-1947 
Moreau de St. Mery's American 

Journey 1793-1798 
Complete Works 
A Yachtsman's Coast Pilot 
Baseball 
Make and Remodel Home 

Furnishings 
History of the United States 

4 volumes 
Le Beau Pays de France 
Some Statues of Boston 



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Stefansson, V., Ed. 
Stout, W. W. 
Toynbee, A. J. 
Trumbull, R. 
Turner, W. J., Ed. 
Up de Graaf, F. W. 
Van de Velte, Th. H. 
VValmsley, L. 
Wainwright, Gen. J. M. 
Wessely, J. E. 

White, T. H. and Jacoby, 
Yates, H. 
Yutang, Lin 
Ziff, W. B. 



Great Adventures and Explorations 

Secret 

A Study of History 

The Raft 

Paiiorama of Rural England 

Head Hunters of the Amazon 

Ideal Marriage 

Turn of the Tide 

Gen. Wainwright's Story 

Dictionary of English and Italian 

Language 
Thunder Out of China 
70 Miles from a Lemon 
The Gay Genius 
The Gentlemen Talk of Peace 



Averill, E. 
Babcock, J. 
Bartrug, C. M. 
Beach, C. A. 
Bechdolt, J. 
Becker, C. 
Beim, J. 
Bishop, K. 
Bothwell, J. 

Brown, M. W. 

Burgess, Thornton W. 
Cavanna, B. 

Clymer, E. 
Coblentz, C. C. 
Dana, D. 
Davis, L. R. 
deAngeli, M. 
deJong, D. 
Disney, Walt 
Doane, E. E. and P. 



JUVENILE 

The School for Cats 

Daddy and Me 

Mother Goose Etiquette Rhymes 

Air Service Boys on the Atlantic 

Trusty, the Story of a Pohce Horse 

The Three Little Steps 

Andy and the School Bus 

Chris 

Little Boat Boy 

Star of India 

The Golden Egg Book 

Goodnight, Moon! 

Billy Mink 

Going on Sixteen 

Our Country's Story 

The Trolley Car Family 

Scatter, the Chipmunk 

Sugar Bush 

Roger and the Fox 

Jared's Island 

Return to the Level Land 

Uncle Remus Stories 

Peter's Birthday Party 



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Donahey, W. 



Elting, M. 
Enright, E. 

Fitzhugh, P. K. 
Freeman, M. B. 
GariSj L. 
Gilbert, H. E. 
Grannam, M. 
Greene, J. 
Grimm 

Gustavson, H. 
Habberton, J. 
Samuel, M. 
Sarton, M. 
Savage, L., Jr. 
Schofield, W. G. 
Scott, N. A. 
Seifert, E. 
Sharp, M. 

Shellabarger, S. 
Sherman, R. 
Shipman, N. 
Shute, N. 
Siller, Van 
Simmons, M. I. 
Srtence, H. 
Sperry, A. 

Standish, R. 
Steinbeck, J. 
Stevenson, D. E. 

Stevenson, R. L. 



Stone, E. M. 



Teenie-Weenie Days 

Teenie-Weenie Neighbors 

Teenie-Weenie Town 

Trains at Work 

The Melendy Family 

The Sea is All Around 

Pee-Wee Harris on the Trail 

Fun with Cooking 

Judy Jordan's Discovery 

Mr. Plum and the Little Green Trei 

Just Mary Stories 

The Forgetful Elephant 

The Golden Goose 

Up Goes the House 

Helen's Babies 

Web of Lucifer 

The Bridge of Years 

Ti easure of the Brasada 

The Cat in the Convoy 

The Story of Mrs. Murphy 

Orchard Hill 

Britannia Mews 

Cluny Brown 

Prince of Foxes 

The Bright Promise 

No Secret Can Be Told 

The Chequer Board 

One Alone 

The Disappearing Dolls 

Vain Shadow 

Call it Courage 

Danger to Windward 

Mr. On Loong 

The Red Pony 

Celia's House 

Mrs. Tim Gets a Job 

The Black Arrow 

Merry Men and Dr. Jekyll 

New Arabain Nights 

'treasure Island 

Poison, Poker and Pistols 



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Streatf eild, N. . 
Sturges-Jones, M. 
Taylor, E. 
Thane, E. 

Thirkell, A. 

Tomkinson, G. 
Tunis, J. R. 
Turnbull, A. 
Upson, W. H. 
Wakeman, F. 
Walker, M. 
Wallis, R. S. 
Waugh, E. 
Weekley, W. G. 
Wellman, P. I. 

Wells, Susan 
Wentworth, P. 
Weston, C. 
Wilde, P. 
Williams, B. A. 
Winsor, Kathleen 
Wister, 0. 
Yerby, F. 

Young, G. 



Abbott, J. R. 
Adams, J. T. 



Arbib-Costa, A. 
Aswell, J. R. 



Theater Shoes 

In Wedlock Wake 

Palladian 

Dawn's Early Light 

The Light Heart 

Cheerfulness Breaks In 

Peace Breaks Out 

Welcome Wilderness 

A City for Lincoln 

The Bishop's Mantle 

How to be Rich Like Me 

The Saxon Charm 

The Quarry 

Cold Bed in the Clay 

Brideshead Re-visited 

The Ledger of Lying Dog 

The Bowl of Brass 

The Walls of Jericho 

Footsteps in the Air 

Miss Silver Deals with Death 

The Dark Wood 

P. Moran, Operative 

House Divided 

Forever Amber 

The Virginian 

The Foxes of Harrow 

The Vixens 

Red Clark in Paradise 

Red Clark at the Showdown 

NON-FICTION 

The Nations at War 

Album of American History 

Colonial Period 
Album of American History — 

1783-1853 
Album of American History — 

1853-1893 
Italian Lessons 
Native American Humor 



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Barton, F. B. 
Baxter, W. T. 

Belloc, H. 
Bergman, R. 
Brink, C. 

Brooks, VanWyck 
Byrnes, J. F. 
Carroll, L. R. 
Charles, C. E. 
Christowe, S. 
Clark, B. 
Coatsworth, E. 
Coffin, R. P. T. 
Colvin, I. 
Craven, T. 
Cresson, M. F. 
Crosby, K. 

Crowe, J. 
Cunningham, B. 
Davis, C. G. 
Dimnet, E. 
Dole, M. P. 
Dowdey, C. 
Du Nouy, L. 
Eddy, Mary Baker 



Fanning, L. M. 
Forbes, E. 
Frost, Robert 
Fuentes and Francois 
Gibbings, R. 
Gould, R. E. 
Govan, A. C. 
Government Bulletin 
Government Bulletin 
Greenslet, F. 
Gunther, J. 
Hall, M. 



Photography as a Hobby 
Jewelry, Gem-Cutting and 

Metalcraft 
Marie Antoinette 
With Fly, Plug and Bait 
Harps in the Wind 
The Times of Melville and Whitman 
Speaking Frankly 
Pressure Cookery 
Gun Collector's Handbook of Values 
My American Pilgrimage 
Hawaii, the 49th State 
Maine Ways 
Yankee Coast 
Carson, the Statesman 
Men of Art 
Journey into Fame 
Blue Water Men and Other Cape- 

Codders 
The Book of Trout Lore 
The Pearl of her Sex 
How to Make Ship Block Models 
What Men Live By 
A Doctor in Homespun 
Experiment in Rebellion 
Human Destiny 
Miscellaneous Writings 
Science and Health with Key to 

the Scriptures 
American Oil Operations i^broad 
The Boston Book 
Steeple Bush 
A Trip to Latin America 
Lovely is the Lee 
Yankee Drummer 
Wings at my Window 
Infant Care 

Your Child from One to Six 
Under the Bridge 
Inside the U.S.A. 
Copy Kate 



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Hoffmann, E. 

Hogeboom, A., Compiler 

Hoke, H. 

Holberg, R. L. 

Horowitz, C. 

Howard, J. 

Jackson, E. R. 

James, M. 

Johnson, G. 

Johnson, H. L. and M. S. 

Kyle, E. 

Lattimore, E. F. 

Lavell, E. 

Leaf, M. 
Lenski, L. 

L'Hommedieu, D. K. 

MacDonald, B. 
Marshall, D. 
Marquith, M. D. 
Meade, L. T. 
Millen, M. 
Morey, S. 
Otis, J. 
Ouida 
Paullin, E. 
^athbun, H. K. 
Roark, E. 
Rockwood, R. 

Roy, L. E. 
Schreiber, G. 
Seuss, Dr. 
Sewell, Anna 
Sigsgaard, J. 
Smith, E. S. 
Solem, E. K. 



Princess of the Channel Isles 

The Boys' Book of the West 

Too Many Kittens 

At the Sign of the Golden Anchor 

Play Ideas for Tiny Tots 

Counting Katie 

Beacon Hill Children 

Little Miss Dorothy 

Story of Earthquakes and Volcanoes 

Joey and Patches 

Holly Hotel 

Jeremy's Isle 

Linda Carlton's Ocean Flight 

Linda Carlton's Island Adventure 

How to Behave and Why 

Judy's Journey 

Read-to-me-Stories 

Nipper 

Tinker 

Mrs. Piggle- Wiggle 

The Silver Robin 

Flying Buddies of Texas 

A Girl in Ten Thousand 

Wild West Bill Rides Home 

Pat 'n Penny 

Aunt Hannah and Seth 

A Dog of Flanders and Other Stories 

Karen is Three 

Easter Surprise 

Just a Mutt 

Bomba, the Jungle Boy on Jaguar 

Island 
Polly in New York 
Bambino, the Clown 
McElligot's Pool 
Black Beauty 
Nils All Alone 

Mystery Tales for Boys and Girls 
Anaghalook, Eskimo Girl 
Children on England's Canals 
Dark Eyes and her Navajo Blanket 



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Stapp, E. B. 
Steiner, C. 
Stevenson, R. L. 
Streatfeild, N. 
Sutton, M. 
Taggart, M. A. 
Tarkington, B. 
Tarrant, M. 
Torrey, M. 
Tousey, S. 
Turner, N. B. 
Urmston, M. 
Williams, G. 
White, Anna H. 



A Day with Dutch Children 

French Canadian Children 

Hans of the Swiss Alps 

Kana, Prince of Darkest Africa 

Mateo and the Mexican Fair 

PauK and his Hawaiian Feast 

Pedro Picks Coffee in Brazil 

Shiu Ming, Chinese Boy Scout 

Yukiko and a Japanese Carnival 

Isabella's Big Surprise 

Polka Dot 

Child's Garden of Verse 

Ballet Shoes 

The Mark on the Mirror 

The Little Women Club 

Penrod 

Nursery Rhyme Book 

Three Little Chipmunks 

Ted and Trapper Joe 

When it Rained Cats and Dogs 

Betsy and the Proud House 

Timid Timothy 

The Adventures of Winnie and Blv 



139 
REPORT OF TREE WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 

An appropriation of $2000 was made for this work. This 
money was used for emergency work such as removing dead, 
broken and dangerous trees. Fourteen hundred dollars was 
used for labor while $600 was for expenses. 

We have several more large trees to be removed and 
more cabhng to do to save our trees, and much trimming to be 
done. 

Therefore, I recommend that an appropriation of $2000 
be made for the care of the shade trees in 1948. 

An appropriation of S250 was made for the replacement 
of shade trees. There w^ere 44 new trees placed throughout 
the town. I recommend that the same appropriation of $250 
be made for the same purpose this coming year. 

We have a new disease to control, the Dutch elm disease. 
We have it in nearby towns and cities. In Framingham, Mass., 
there were four trees found with Dutch elm disease. That is 
getting pretty close to home. I think we should take some 
method to check as much of the Dutch elm disease as possible. 
I suggest that the sum of $300 be appropriated for this work. 

Some of our trees in town need feeding badly, w^hich 
will help a lot in keeping away some of the diseases. There- 
fore, I recommend an appropriation of $500 for the feeding 
of our shade trees. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 

Tree Warden 

December 31, 1947. 



140 
REPORT OF MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 

An appropriation of $2000 was made for moth work last 
year, of which the running expense was about $1050 and $950 
for labor. This money was used for spraying through the town 
once for pest control and a second spray for pest control and 
elm leaf beetle through part of the town. 

The labor will be as great as last year if the work is to 
done properly. 

I therefore recommend that an appropriation of $2000 be 
made for the suppression of gypsy moth and elm leaf beetle 
and for other work that should be done. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 

Moth Superintendent 

December 31, 1947. 



REPORT OF FENCE VIEWERS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton 
reports no activity in partition fences for the year 1947. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK 
LOUIS F. LEVERONI 
ROBERT G. WILLETT 

Fence Viewers 



141 

REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1947 



INVESTMENTS 



Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank . .$ 465.54 
U. S. War Bonds 3.000.00 



RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank . . $ 9.30 
U. S. War Bonds 75.00 



EXPENDITURES 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Acton $ 64.30 

Town of Acton for perpetual care of 

Goodnow Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 



$3,465.54 



$ 84.30 



$ 84.30 

CHARLES E. SMITH 
RALPH P. MARBLE 
HORACE F. TUTTLE 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund 



142 

REPORT OF THE 
MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE 

1947 



The year 1947 still called for an all-out food production by 
farmers, as well as food conservation by homemakers. For 
this reason, efforts of the Extension Service during the year 
were largely on these factors, the production and conservation 
of food. 

Acton's chief agricultural interest was on the production 
of poultry and eggs, and fruit. Individual poultry farms were 
assisted in problems of disease control, feeding and manage- 
ment. Acton serves quite largely as the poultry center for 
the county in the holding of county-wide meetings. 

Fruit growers were visited on their farms to help with 
disease and production problems. Two meetings were held 
at Louis Flerra's Apple Storage, where information on grading 
and packing for market was discussed. 

Thirteen dairy farmers belong to the Selective Breeding 
Association, this Association being an important factor in 
the production of better livestock. 

Of interest to the homemakers of the town, meetings 
were held on food preservation, both on canning and freezing, 
reupholstering of furniture, making of dress forms and home- 
made Christmas Gifts. Mrs. Cleon Phelps served as town 
chairman for the homemakers. 

In boys' and girls' 4-H Club Work, eleven clubs were 
organized during the year — two garden clubs — two food — 
two craft and five clothing clubs. Dona Richards attended 
the State Dress Revue at the University of Massachusetts 
because of her outstanding work in the clothing club. Sylvia 
Jewell and Dardana Berry won medals in the dairy foods 
demonstration contest. David and Philip Rimbach were chosen 
to represent the county in the judging contest at the Boston 
Poultry Show, as well as Frank Taylor and Richard Earnhardt. 
Kenneth Kienow was awarded a certificate bv the Massachu- 



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setts Horticultural Society for outstanding 4-H garden work, 
and Richard Earnhardt received a prize from the Massachu- 
setts Society for Promoting Agriculture for outstanding 
poultry work. 

4-H leaders for the year were Henry J. Engman, Charles 
Kneeland, Mrs. Seward Spinney, Mrs. George Newton, Mrs. 
Mrs. Leslie Elms, Miss Caroline Gates and Miss Kathleen 
James Gates, Mrs. Frances Richards, Mrs. Kenneth Jewell, 
Sweeney. 



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REPORT OF SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report, as Sealer of Weights 
and Measures, for the year ending December 31, 1947. 

During the year I sealed 361 weighing and measuring de- 
vices. Adjustments were necessary on many of these devices, 
including one truck platform scale and several gasoline pumps. 

Three platform scales not being used were not sealed. 

The State Department of Standards loaned the equipment 
for measuring the Tank Truck Meter Systems as usual, there- 
by saving our merchants time and money by not having to 
go out of town to have this test made. 

I found the merchants very cooperative and anxious to 
have their equipment accurate. 

Sealing fees collected $74.25. The same was turned over 
to the Town Treasurer. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK, 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 



144 
REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the Police Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1947. 

Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Drunkenness • 10 

Operating under the influence of liquor 6 

Operating after revocation of license 3 

Speeding 6 

Operating recklessly • • • • ^ 

Operating so as to endanger 5 

Not slowing at an intersecting way 19 

Not displaying an inspection sticker 18 

Operating without a license 5 

Failing to stop at Stop sign 12 

Law of the road 5 

Going away after causing property damage .... 1 

Operating an unregistered motor vehicle 1 

Going through a red light 1 

Criminal Assault 1 

Assault and Battery 1 

Larceny ... 1 

Non-payment of wages 4 

Delinquent children 3 

Fish and Game violations 3 

Summonses served for other departments 35 

Persons picked up for questioning and released .... 40 

Days in District Court 41 

Days in Superior Court 2 

Telephone calls received 749 

Telephone calls made 334 

People coming to Chief's home 152 

Committed to State Hospitals 9 

Cars tagged for all night parking 10 



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Motor Vehicle accident report: 

Accidents reported 34 

Occupants injured 30 

Occupants killed . . . ^ 2 

Pedestrians injured 4 

In addition to prosecutions for motor vehicle violations, 
twenty-three persons were reported to the Registrar for im- 
proper operation and their licenses were suspended. We also 
booked seventy-eight operators and gave them verbal warn- 
ings. 

Two hundred twenty-four complaints were received and 
investigated, as follows: 

Prowlers 22 

Speeding 17 

Dog complaints 12 

Drunkenness 10 

Family arguments 12 

Improper parking 14 

Roads not sanded . . . • ^ 2 

Children coasting in a street 1 

Damage to property 20 

Trespassing 10 

Assault with criminal intent 3 

Break in school building 1 

Refusal to return property 1 

Disturbance by children 2 

Boys fighting 6 

Shooting with .22 rifles 7 

Larceny 16 

B & E & Larceny 6 

Refusal to pay taxi fare ! 1 

Bad checks 1 

Trouble at school 1 

Indecent language in public 1 

Dumping rubbish on private property 2 

Poultry on private property 1 

Disturbances 7 

Assault & Battery '. 3 

Occupants of autos acting suspiciously 6 



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Persons acting suspiciously 4 

Autos reported stolen 2 

Using motor vehicle without authority 1 

Glass in highway 1 

Swine on private property 1 

Attempted breaks 1 

Children playing in highway 1 

Improper operation of motor vehicles 9 

Operating under the influence ^ 1 

Attempted suicide 1 

Cattle on private property 6 

Molesting young girl 1 

Property removed from premises without per- 
mission 1 

Operating restaurant without victualler's license 1 

Dropping brush on highway ... 1 

Boys blowing whistles at autos 1 

Children running in front of cars 1 

Boys throwing stones • • • • ^ 

Playing football on Common 1 

Boy injured by shotgun shell 1 

Hunting out-of-season ^ 1 

Miscellaneous calls and duties : 

Emergency messages delivered 18 

Protection given during transfer of money 36 

Property checked at request of owners 20 

Revolver permits issued . . _ 35 

Traffic at fires 63 

Street lights reported out . . 2 

Traffic at funerals 3 

Assisted in search for escaped prisoners 6 

Permits issued for work on the Lord's Day .... 6 

Dogs reported lost ^ 8 

Dogs hit by autos 9 

Call for skunk under porch 1 

Call for skunk in trap 1 

Call for flooded cellar 1 

Call for trouble in heating system 1 

Fire discovered and reported by police 1 

Cars left on highway and towed in 1 



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Traffic at road race 1 

Motorists assisted at night 4 

Traffic lights reported out of order 3 

Doors found open during night patrol 5 

■ Assisted in search for missing persons 3 

Power wires down on street (reported to Edison) 7 

Traffic during moving of buildings on highway 2 

Assisted in investigations for other depts. . . ^ 7 

Injured persons assisted 2 

Traffic at Firemen's Field Day 1 

Lights out on construction job (lighted) 6 

Obstructions removed from highways 3 

Traffic at auction ^ 1 

Call for near drowning 1 

Trips out-of-town on investigations, etc. : 

Concord 54 Maynard 27 

Cambridge ^ 5 Worcester 4 

Bedford 4 Boxborough 3 

Sudbury 1 Stow ^ 1 

Tewksbury 1 Westwood 1 

Littleton . . 1 Lowell 1 

Bridgewater 1 

The additional permanent officer, voted for at the last 
annual meeting, started duty on September 6th. Both offi- 
cers now work seventy-two hours per week, with extra hours 
without pay when duty demands. All stores and public build- 
ings are checked several times during each night and in addi- 
tion to this, a check is also made, upon request, of all homes 
temporarily closed or under construction. 

The new two-way Motorola F. M. Radio set has been 
installed in the cruiser. This enables us to contact either the 
Concord or Maynard Police Departments direct from the 
cruiser and all calls put out by either the Concord or Maynard 
stations are picked up by the cruisers in Concord, Acton, 
Lincoln and Maynard. This is a great improvement over the 
old setup. 

In closing, I would like to express my thanks to the voters 
of Acton for their support at Town Meeting, to Chief William 



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G. Ryan of the Concord Police Department for his cooperation, 
which enables us to have two-way radio service, to the local 
telephone operators for their cooperation in locating the offi- 
cer when out on duty, and to all others who in any way as- 
sisted us in our duties during the past year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY 

Chief of Police 



REPORT OF TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

The Town Forest Committee submits the following report 
for the year 1947. 

No additional forest land has been purchased or acquired 
during the year. The present forest, consisting of tw^o parcels, 
— one of 49 acres and the other of 22 acres, — should be enlarged 
if additional land can be acquired under suitable conditions. 

It is recommended that the amount of $500.00, appro- 
priated in 1945 for the Committee, remain available for pos- 
sible use during the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, Chairman 

JAMES J. KNIGHT 

JOHN M. WHITTIER, Secretary 



149 
REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Animals for 
the year 1947. 

Barns visited ^ 40 

Cows 244 

Young cattle 89 

Bulls * . . . 13 

Hogs 21 

Horses 24 

Sheep 4 

Goats 8 

Steers ^ 5 

Dog bites 9 

Dogs quarantined 12 

Dogs Interstate shipment 3 

Rabies 

As a whole cattle and barns are kept clean. Cattle free 
from diseases. 

All dogs that are purchased in other states must be 
accompanied by a certificate of health from the State of ship- 
ment. If not, they shall have to be quarantined for a period 
of ninety days. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ERNEST E. ALLSOFP 

Inspector of Animals 



150 
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

The Board of Health of Acton herewith submits its re- 
port for the year ending Dec. 31, 1947, together with the 
annual report of the Agent and Inspector of Slaughtering. 

There were thirty-seven cases of contagious diseases 
reported to the Board of Health during the year as follows: 

Scarlet Fever 1 

Chicken Pox 4 

Tuberculosis 1 

German Measles 2 

Tetanus 1 

Measles 4 

Whooping Cough 13 

Gonorrhea 1 

Malaria 1 

Dog Bite 9 

The town has been free from any epidemic of commu- 
nicable diseases and the health in general is considered good. 

The diphtheria clinic was held at the schools as in recent 
years and much more interest was shown than in any pre- 
vious year. See the report of the school nurse. 

We have continued to take care of one patient in the 
Middlesex County Sanatorium for the entire year of 1947 
and anticipate the continuance of this for 1948. Therefore, 
we recommend the appropriation of $5000.00 for the use of 
this board for 1948, the same as last year. 

DEATHS 

Deaths recorded 39 

Residents of Acton 35 

Residents of other places 4 

Occurring in Acton 25 



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Occurring in other places 14 

Burial permits issued 26 

Respectfully submitted, 

BOARD OF HEALTH 
ACTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

0. L. Clark, M.D., Chairman 
L. H. Cram 
H. Leusher 

E. E. Allsopp, Agent 



REPORT OF TOWN NURSE 



b 



To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending De 
cember 31, 1947 — 

Bedside calls . 720 

Pre-natal 150 

Post-natal 62 

Welfare 140 

Night calls 37 

Six patients taken to the Middlesex Sanatorium for X-ray 
and annual check-up. Four taken to the Emerson Hospital 
for various reasons. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R.N. 



152 
REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 



To the Board of Health 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Slaughtering 
from Jan. 1, 1947, to Dec. 31, 1947. 

Hogs 36 Condemned 

Beef 12 Condemned 

Veal 16 Condemned 

Respectfully submitted, 

ERNEST E. ALLSOPP 
Inspector of Slaughtering 



REPORT OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 



The trustees have signed orders to the treasurer for 
Four Hundred and twenty-five dollars ($425.00) for the 
year ending December 31, 1947. 

These orders have been given after careful investigation 
with knowledge that each person is worthy of help from this 
trust fund. 

Respectfully^ submitted, 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB 
CLARA L. SAWYER 
GRACE 0. LEARS 

Trustees of the Elizabeth White Fund 



153 
REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit my report for the Fire Department for 
the year 1947. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows — 

Building 5 

Automobile 5 

Chimney 4 

Emergency 1 

Oil 1 

False 1 

17 

The new emergency service truck is still in construction, 
but I hope it will be complete, and in service before town 
meeting day. 

The equipment is in excellent condition and we now have 
a plan to replace our needs, a little each year, so that there 
will not be a large expenditure in any one year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR 
Chief of Fire Department 



REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 



The Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

There was only one accident reported to me during the 
year of 1947. That one was not serious and the workman 
returned to work in a few days. 

Please report all accidents promptly to your Compensation 
Agent. 

HOWARD L. JONES 

Compensation Agent 



154 
REPORT OF VETERANS SERVICES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

This past year we started shaping up the office of Veterans 
Services by utilization of the various supplies purchased, 
getting the printing done on such as was necessary and 
recording on the various forms the information previously 
recorded from the discharges of the Veterans. So that now 
we have two hundred and fifty-two (252) discharges recorded 
and indexed in the binder kept in the safe and the facts 
transcribed onto records kept in an individual alphabetical 
file folder in the files with an indexed card of addresses file 
to take care of address changes. 

All bonus cases disallowed, held for hearings or confer- 
ence on insufficient evidence have been reopened, the hearings 
or conference help and up to November 1 we are happy to 
state have all been granted in favor of the veteran. Since 
then we have had three cases go to conference but they will 
have sufficient supporting evidence shortly to w^arrant their 
being found favorable for payment. 

We have had the handling of almost every conceivably 
known type of problem to a veteran. Educational, on the Job 
Training, Insurance, Hospitalization, Naturalization, Compen- 
sation, Disability allowance, Employment, Maternity and in- 
fant care. Child welfare, Housing, Building and loan, Business 
loan, Discrimination, preference Civil Service, Allotment, 
Emergency release from service, Lost clothing. Return of 
bodies. Graves registration and many others of lesser nature 
but all a problem to the man or woman involved. We have 
tried to make them feel that their problem is our problem, 
that their placing of confidence in us, if complete, honest, and 
without prejudice, can be and is a source of relief and help 
even though sometimes the desired goal is not reached as fully 
and completely as expected. 

Evidently we must be having a certain degree of success 
because Veterans from other towns are calling either by 
phone or in person for assistance and we shall gladly do any- 



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thing in our power to help no matter where they come from. 
The only fault we find, if it can be called a fault, is that too 
many Veterans are procrastinating. Putting off registering 
that discharge, picking up that insurance, filing that disability 
claim within the time limits, or doing the thing necessary 
to protect, not just themselves but that prospective wife or 
child. We cannot make you do any of these things, but do 
not let false security, pride, or just plain stubbornness be the 
means of putting us in a position w^here we cannot help you 
or your loved ones when an emergency arises. We are not 
magicians, just humans like yourself, and a registered and 
recorded discharge is the key to all trouble locks. 

Register it now — any Tuesday or Friday night at the 
Town Hall. 



Thanks 



THERON A. LOWDEN 
Director of Veterans Services 



REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton: 

I herewith submit my report, concerning the work of the 
Highway Department, for the year 1947. 

The regular maintenance and work of cleaning and patch- 
ing was carried on. Extensive brush cutting was done. 

Various roads were surface treated, much of which was 
high type pavement. 

Several stone drains were replaced by metal culvert pipe. 

Construction on Main Street was continued to a point 
south of Wheeler Lane. Several dangerous curves were elimi- 
nated. The land for straightening the curves was donated by 
the abutters. The fill was given. This work will be continued 
in 1948. 



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A policy is being adopted of rebuilding, at least, one 
large capstone culvert each year. The first is in the process 
of construction on Brook Street. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUSSELL C. BERRY 

Superintendent of Streets 



FOREST WARDEN'S REPORT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Your forest warden submits the following report for 
the year ending December 31, 1947. 

Total No. of grass and brush fires 72 

Collection for illegal fires $76.95 

The new forest fire truck has been put into service, and 
has proved a big asset in extinguishing forest fires. This 
truck is equipped with approximately 3000 ft. of one inch 
hose, 500 ft. of booster hose and also carries 500 gals, of water 
which make combatting forest and grass fires much easier. 

The forest fire equipment is in excellent condition except 
that a small amount of hose should be added each year to 
replace worn out hose. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR 

Forest Warden 



157 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 
FOR THE YEAR 1947 



We herewith submit the following report for the year 
ending December 31, 1947. 

The account of the town treasurer shows that during the 
past year the cemetery department has received and paid into 
the treasury the sum of $1669.44 itemized as follows: — 

Annual care of lots $ 576.00 

Burials 494.00 

Rental of lowering device 48.00 

Sale of lots 300.00 

Foundations 192.44 

Miscellaneous 59.00 

$1669.44 

We ask that these receipts may be considered in making 
your appropriations for the current year. 

We recommend an appropriation for the care of the ceme- 
teries the sum of $4900.00 for the year 1948. 

There has been added to the perpetual care account the 
past year, in new accounts, the sum of $2325.00. 

An itemized account of the expenditures for the care of 
the cemeteries will be found in the report of the town ac- 
countant. 

RAY L. HARRIS 
HOWARD F. JONES 
HARRY E. HOLT 

Cemetery Commissioners 



158 
REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 

Gentlemen : 

We respectfully submit the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1947. 

The appropriation for Welfare for 1947 was $4,500, out 
of which $3,502.97 was spent, leaving a balance of $997.03. 
During 1947, we aided six cases in Acton and six cases out of 
town with Acton settlements. At the present time, we are 
aiding six welfare cases, four of which are in Acton. For the 
out-of-town bills during the past year, we paid $1,535.83 while 
$1,967.14 was paid for the six cases in Acton. In anticipation 
of bills which will be incurred during 1948, we find it necessary 
to ask for an appropriation of $4,500, which is the same as 
last year. 

For Aid to Dependent Children, we are asking an appro- 
priation of $3,000. This is a decrease of $500 from last year. 
During 1947, we aided three families having a total of eight 
dependent children. Our present case load is two families with 
a total of three children. 

We are asking for $25,000 for Old Age Assistance for 
the coming year. This is the same as last year. On January 1, 
1947, our case load was 68 and on December 31, 1947, it was 
65. During the entire year, 78 persons were aided under this 
category of assistance, 54 of these had Acton settlements, 15 
with out-of-town settlements and 9 which were unsettled. 
Owing to the high cost of living, state budgetary standards 
were increased during the past year, making it necessary to 
increase the grants of most of the recipients of Old Age 
Assistance. 

Your Board, desiring to give you an analysis of the ex- 
penditures for 1947, submits the following: 

TEMPORARY AID 

Paid to State on Acton settled cases $ 610.50 

Paid to other places on Acton settled cases 925.33 



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Paid to cases in Acton 1,967.14 



$3,502.97 



Estimated reimbursements : 

from other towns $1,859.88 



1,859.88 
Approximate net cost to Town of Acton . . $1,643.09 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN 

Total Expended $2,507.25 

Estimated Federal Grants $ 531.64 

Estimated State reimbursements 835.77 



I 



1,367.41 
Approximate net cost to Town of Acton . . $1,139.84 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

Total expended $42,602.87 

Estimated Federal Grants $18,871.89 

Estimated State reimbursements .... 16,142.85 
Estimated reimbursements from other 

places 879.24 



35,893.98 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $ 6,708.89 

Appropriations recommended for 1948 : 

Old Age Assistance $25,000.00 

Temporary Aid 4,500.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 3,000.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

BENJAMIN J. INESON 
MARY M. LAFFIN 
WALTER B. STEVENS 

Board of Public Welfare 



ANNUAL 
REPORT 



OF THE 



SCHOOL DEPARTMENT 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ACTON 

MASSACHUSETTS 




^a^ ike Ifea/i i^ndlmf ^ecem^e^ 3fdi, 

1947 



Murphy &. Snyder, Maynard, Massachusetts 



2 
ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Mr. Richard A. Lowden, Chairman Term expires 1948 

Mrs. Gertrude Tuttle Term expires 1948 

Mrs. G. Howard Reed Term expires 1949 

Mr. Ralph W. Stearns Term expires 1949 

Mr. Ernest Simpson Term expires 1950 

Mrs. Hazel P. Vose Term expires 1950 

Meeting^s of the School Committee 

Regular meetings of the school committee are held the 
second Monday of each month in the high school at 8:00 p.m. 
Exceptions may be made during July and August. 

Superintendent 

David C. Bowen 

Office— High School Building, Telephone 110 

School Physician Ernest A. Mayell, M.D. 

East Acton, Telephone 345-3 

School Nurse Mrs. Simon D. Taylor, R.N. 

North Acton, Telephone 33-22 

Attendance Officer George H. Charter 

West Acton, Telephone 110 

Custodians : 

High School, Tel. 110 George H. Charter 

Center School, Tel. 86 W. Burton Harvey 

South School, Tel. 445 Kenneth Harvey 

West School, Tel. 105 Ernest G. Banks 



Tentative Calendar for 1948 

Monday, January 5, Schools Open 
Friday, February 20, Schools Close 

Monday, March 1, Schools Open 
Friday, April 16, Schools Close 

Monday, April 26, Schools Open 
Monday, May 31, Holiday (Memorial Day) 
Friday, June 11, Elementary Schools Close 
Friday, June 11, High School Graduation 
Friday, June 18, High School Closes 

School Year 1948-1949 

September 6, High School Opens 
September 13, Elementary Schools Open 
October 12, Columbus Day 
October 29, Teachers' Convention 
November 11, Armistice Day 
November 25 and 26, Thanksgiving Recess 
December 23, Schools Close 

1949 

January 3, Schools Open 
February 18, Schools Close 

February 28, Schools Open 
April 15, Schools Close 

April 25, Schools Open 

May 31, Memorial Day 

June 10, Elementary Schools Close 

June 10, High School Graduation 

June 24, High School Closes 



No School Signal — All Schools All Day 

7:00 a.m., fire whistle in all precincts — 2-2-2-2 

7:00-8:00 a.m., radio announcements over WBZ and WEEI 



STANDING RULES OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



1. Admission to School (as amended by vote of the school 
committee November 2, 1943). 

Children shall not be admitted to the pubhc schools unless 
they are five years, nine months of age on or before September 

1. Ordinarily, entrance must come during the first two weeks 
of school. All children entering for the first time must present 
birth and vaccination certificates. 

2. Excuses for Absence and Tardiness (as amended by vote 
of the school committee January, 1944) . 

Pupils are expected to attend school regularly except for 
illness. They must present a written excuse signed by parent 
or guardian stating a definite reason for each absence or 
tardiness. 

3. Detention 

Pupils may be detained after school in the afternoon not 
longer than thirty minutes in the elementary schools and for 
a longer period in the high school. 

4. Contagious Diseases, State Laws: Chapter 71, Section 55; 
Chapter 76, Section 15: 

"A child from a household where a person is ill with 
smallpox, diphtheria, scarlet fever, measles, or any other in- 
fectious or contagious disease, or from a household exposed to 
contagion from any such disease in another household, shall 
not attend any public school during such illness or exposure 
until the teacher of the school has been furnished with a 
certificate from the local board of health, school physician, or 
from the attending physician, stating that danger of con- 
veying such disease by such child has passed". 



TEACHERS IN SERVICE 
as of January I, 1948 



Center School 

"Dardana Berry (Mrs.), Prin. 
Gertrude Braman (Mrs.) 
Isabel MacPherson, B.S. 



Appt. Graduate of 



Home Address 



1943 Framingham Normal ' Acton 

1946 Fitchburg Normal Acton 

1947 Bos hen University Newton 



South School 

Julia McCarthy, Prin. 
Florence Merriam 
Jessie Gemma (Mrs.) 



1906 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 

1927 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 

1946 Fitchburg State Col. Clinton 



West School 

Carrie Wells (Mrs.), Prin. 1943 Fitchburg Normal So. Acton 

Carolyn Douglas (Mrs.), B.S.E. 1940 Fitchburg Stats Col. So. Acton 

Helen Best (Mrs.) 1947 Wheelock Acton 



High School 

David C. Bowen, Prin., B.S.; 

Ed.M. 
William O'Connell, B.S.E. ; 

As's't Prin., High School 
Mary Emerson (Mrs.), B.S. 
Jacqueline Jeyes, B.S.E. 
Henry Hopkinson, L.L.B. 
Judith Britton, B.A. 
Marion Towne, A.B. 
Marjorie Greene, A.B. 
Richard Headstrom, B.S. 
Maria Piermarini, B.A. 
Alexander Kyrios, B.A.; M.Ed. 
Patricia Deehan, A.B. 
Kalph Stetson 



1946 Dartmouth College E. Pepperell 
Harvard University 

1945 Boston University Salem 

1943 Univ. of N. H. So. Acton 

1947 Salem Teachers' Col. Lowell 
1930 Northeastern Law W. Acton 
1947 Emerson College Leominster 
1921 Smith College Concord 

1946 Emmanuel College Dorchester 
1946 M. L T. Maiden 
1946 Boston University Leominster 
1946 Tufts College Lynn 

1946 Boston University Woburn 

1947 Mass. Art School Concord 



Supervisors 

Nathalia Vincent, B.S.P.E. 
John Priske, A.B.; M.A. 

Elsea Bridgess 

'■'Acting Principal 



1947 B.U.-Sargent College Arlington 



1946 N. E. Conservatory 

Truro College 
1946 Musr.um of Fine Arts 



Nashua, 

N. H. 
York Beach 

Maine 



REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



To the Voters of Acton: 

The school committee herewith submits its report for 
1947, with that of the superintendent, which has been ac- 
cepted by the committee. 

In March, two new members were elected to the com- 
mittee — Mrs. Hazel P. Vose of South Acton, and Mr. Ernest 
Simpson of North Acton. 

Mr. Herman H. Gatchell resigned in April and Mrs. Gertrude 
Tuttle was appointed to fill the vacancy. 

The committee hopes the voters will approve the two 
articles it has in the Town Warrant. The survey means so 
much for the better education of the children in the town. 

We welcome cooperation between parents and teachers 
at all tim.es. It was with regret that we accepted the resigna- 
tion of Miss Genevieve McKenna at the close of school, De- 
cember 19, 1947. 

The committee requests that you appropriate the sum 
of $84,875.00 for the 1948 budget. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RICHARD A. LOWDEN, Chairman 



Received — To Credit of Schools 

Chap. 71, S. 7A (1947-679) Transportation $ 32.20 

General School Fund (Part I) 4,340.00 

Tuition and Transportation — State Wards 111.68 

Vocational Education Tuition 103.25 

City of Boston Wards 464.70 

Town of Boxborough— Tuition 2,486.47 

Town of Westford— Tuition 297.98 

Miscellaneous Collections at High School . 43.05 



$7,879.33 



Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated 1947 $81,350.00 

Expended 79,096.75 

Received by Town Treasurer (as above) 7,879.33 

Net Cost of Schools and vocational tuition $71,217.42 

Less : Cost of new equipment $940.99 

Net cost of vocational tuition .... 131.13 

1,072.12 



Net cost of operation $70,145.30 

Expended for Operation in 1947 

High Elementary Totals 
(Gr. 7-12) (Gr. 1-6) (Gr. 1-12) 

Superintendence, Enforcement of Laws 

and Miscellaneous Expenses S 1,437.14 $ 1,363.25 $ 2,800.39 

Teachers', Principals', Supervisors' and 

Janitors' Salaries 36,290.61 22,830.42 59,121.03 

Books and Supplies 1,976.72 1,038.59 3,015.31 

Fuel 1,187.03 2,012.91 3,199.94 

Janitors' Supplies — Telephone, Light 

and Power (Miscellaneous operating:) 1,565.11 606.89 2,172.00 

Repairs and Maintenance 1,491.74 527.98 2,019.72 

Libraries 88.76 58.54 147.30 

Health 134.69 125.00 259.69 

Transportation 2,811.00 2,375.00 5,186.00 

(Non-operating expense of $1,175.37 nor included) 

Totals J^46,982.80 $30,938.58 $77,921.38 



8 

Less Receipts 5,370.92 2,405.16 77,921.38 

(Except $103.25 on vocational tuition) 



Net Cost of Operation 41,611.88 $28,533.42 $70,145.30 

Approximate average number of pupils 310 210 520 
Average yearly cost per pupil to near- 
est dollar $134.00 $136.00 $135.00 

In addition to the above, the school department expended 
the following: 

New Equipment $ 940.99 

Tuition to Vocational Schools 234.38 



Total of these Two Items $ 1,175.37 

Total of Operating Expenses 77,921.38 



Total Expended $79,096.76 

Proposed Budget ior 1948 

Salaries (Supt., Prin., Teachers and Janitors') $65,000.00 

Fuel 4,000.00 

Misc. (General Control and Auxiliary) 600.00 

Books and Supplies 3,400.00 

Transportation 6,000.00 

Vocational Tuition 300.00 

Janitors' Supplies (Telephone, Light & Power, etc.) 2,100.00 

Outlay (New Grounds and Equipment) 1,000.00 

Repairs and Replacements 2,000.00 

Libraries 200.00 

Health 275.00 



Total $84,875.00 



School Membership and Attendance 

Membership by Age and Grade, October 1, 1947 











HIGH SCHOOL 




















Age 












Boys: 

Grade 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


17 


18 


19 


20 Tot. 


7 




8 


10 


5 


2 


1 










26 


8 






2 


4 


2 













8 


9 








8 


10 


6 


1 


1 






26 


10 










7 


6 


2 


1 






16 


11 












7 


5 


3 






15 


12 














5 


14 


3 




22 






8 


12 


17 


21 


20 


13 


19 


3 




Total 113 


Girls: 
























Grade 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


15 


16 


17 


18 


19 


20 Tot. 


7 




4 


14 


1 


1 












20 


8 




1 


6 


12 


6 












25 


9 






1 


7 


12 


1 










21 


10 










10 


11 


4 








25 


11 










1 


7 


9 


2 






19 


12 














6 


13 


1 




20 






"5" 


21 


20 


30 


19 


19 


15 


1 




Total 130 










CENTER SCHOOL 




















Age 












Boys: 
























Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


Tot. 


1 


2 


7 


1 
















10 


2 




2 


6 
















8 


3 








4 




1 










5 


4 








1 


3 




1 








5 


5 










1 


10 


1 








12 


6 












2 


6 


1 






9 


Ungraded 


























2 


9 


7 


5 


4 


13 


8 


1 




Total 49 



Girls: 

Grade i 

1 2 

2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
Ungraded 



10 



9 10 11 12 13 14 



Tot. 

7 
6 
9 
8 
4 
4 
1 



34 



Grand Totals 

5 14 14 11 9 19 10 1 83 











SOUTH 


SCHOOL 


















Age 












Boys: 
























Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


n 


12 


13 


14 


Tot. 


1 




o 


















3 


2 




3 


7 


2 














12 


3 








6 


1 












7 


4 










2 












2 


5 










4 


4 


2 








10 


6 












2 


1 


1 






4 


Ungraded 








1 




1 




1 




3 






""6~ 


"7' 


~8 


8 


6 


4 


1 


1 




41 


Girls: 
























Grade 


5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


Tot. 


1 


1 


5 


1 
















7 


2 






7 


2 














9 


3 






1 


8 


3 












12 


4 








3 


4 












7 


5 










3 


3 


1 








11 


6 












3 


7 


1 






11 




1 


5 


9 


13 


10 


6 


8 


1 






53 



Grand Totals 

1 11 16 21 18 12 12 2 1 



94 



11 

WEST SCHOOL 

Age 
Boys: 

Grade 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Tot 

13 7 1 11 

2 1 11 1 13 

3 17 2 10 

4 8 8 

5 12 11 5 

6 17 2 1 11 



3 8 13 16 3 3 8 3 1 58 

GirLs: 

Grade 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Tot. 

12 3 5 

2 2 3 11 7 

3 2 2 

4 2 6 1 9 

5 15 1 7 

6 2 9 11 

2 5 3 5 8 8 10 41 

Grand Totals 

5 13 16 21 11 11 18 3 1 99 



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REPORT OF THE 
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton, Massachusetts : 

Philosophy : 

Every child regardless of his ability, or lack of ability, 
is entitled to receive the 'best training possible to help him 
to become a successful citizen. The less fortunate require 
much time, patience, and consideration by parents and teach- 
ers, but they are just as human as the more fortunate and 
should not be cast aside because of conditions over which 
they have no control. It is the job of the public school to 
develop all types of children, and a person worthy of being 
a teacher in a public school must derive satisfaction from 
working with all types and seeing them develop. Much less 
effort on the part of the teacher is required in working with 
the more fortunate and results are quicker and greater. Many 
of these pupils will be successful in spite of the teachers. 
Ability to handle difficult cases and situations is, in my esti- 
mation, a good yardstick by which to measure teaching ability. 

Over the past fifty years, new inventions, experiments, 
wars, political and economic theories, and taxes have caused 
practically a revolution in the American way of life. All this 
has had an unfavorable effect on many of our children and 
has made teaching so difficult that today it is only the excep- 
tional teachers who are successful. They are in great demand 
and the towns where these facts are recognized are bidding 
for their services. 

Two other factors, which occasionally make it possible 
to retain good teachers, are nearness to home and congenial 
working conditions. In some cases it is vitally important that 
the individual live at home; and when home and work are 
near each other there is a great saving in time, effort, and 
expense. 

We are concerned with the other factor — congenial work- 
ing conditions. Work is pleasant when personalities are 
friendly, cooperative, and constructive. Then teachers, as well 



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as others, feel more like doing their best and in remaining 
in that environment. Everyone who has contacts with a 
school should realize that he can help to make it successful 
or he can create a feeling of unrest and dissatisfaction by 
his comments and actions. Suggestions for improvement are 
always welcomed, but those who offer them should be careful 
to whom, and in what way, they are given. In teaching, the 
congeniality factor is more important than most people realize. 
I hope the town of Acton will be successful in retaining its 
best teachers, and when vacancies do occur, that the teaching 
force will be strengthened. 

Personnel : 

Early in 1947, Mrs. Toye (who was Dorothy Beers) re- 
signed from the position of physical education instructor for 
girls, and was replaced by Miss Margaret Greenwood. Miss 
Greenwood resigned at the end of the school year to take a 
position at Boston University. This position was filled in 
September by Miss Nathalea Vincent, a Boston University 
(Sargent) graduate from Arlington. Miss Mary Hogan, com- 
mercial teacher, resigned to return to her home in Sprino^field. 
Her place has been taken by Miss Jacqueline Jeyes of Lowell, 
a graduate of Salem Teachers' College in 1947. Miss Ann 
Horrigan, teacher of English in the high school, resigned to 
take a position in Arlington, near her home. Her classes have 
been taught by Miss Judith Britton of Leominster, a graduate 
of Emerson College. Mr. Ernest Wheeler did not return as 
teacher of manual arts, and this position has been filled by 
Mr. Ralph Stetson of Concord. There were two changes in 
the teaching force of the elementary grades. Mrs. Helga 
Archer went to California and Mrs. Edith Hatch did not re- 
turn. Mrs. Helen Best is now teaching grades three and four 
in West Acton. She had taught for several years in Chelsea. 
Miss Genevieve McKenna, with many years successful teach- 
ing experience in Fall River, took over grades three and four 
in Acton Center in September. In October, she sent in her 
resignation, but remained until the Christmas vacation. This 
vacancy has been filled by Miss Isabel MacPherson, a graduate 
of Boston University in 1946. Miss MacPherson also had two 



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years training at Salem Teachers' College, and has had several 
months teaching experience. 

Buildings : 

Onh^ minor and urgent repairs have been made on the 
elementary schools durine the past year. These include 
repairing the outside front steps at the South School. 

At the West School, a new lock was installed on the front 
door and the front steps here were repaired. 

The heater in the Center School was overhauled and new 
openings for the smoke pipes were made in the chimney to 
ehminate the odor of coal gas in the building. 

Soon after Mr. Charter returned as custodian at the high 
school, he installed several new grates in the boiler. Since 
then considerable work has been done on the heating system. 
Some steam traps have been repaired and several have been 
replaced to eliminate knocking in the pipes. Several cracked 
radiators have been repaired, some new gaskets have been 
installed, and several valves have been packed. During the 
summer, the floors in the rooms over the auditorium were 
cleaned of oil, sanded, sealed, and waxed. A large amount of 
calking w^as done around windows and skylights and much of 
the exterior woodwork was painted during the summer by 
Mr. Charter with the help of an assistant. During the recent 
Christmas vacation, the floors in the short halls in the upper 
part of the building were refinished to match the adjoining 
rooms. By the time this report is printed, new reflectors and 
guards will have been installed in the auditorium. An emer- 
gency lighting unit for the auditorium is also on hand ready 
to be installed. During the year, we have purchased a new 
refrigerator and an electric stove for the domestic science 
department and three new typewriters for the commercial 
department. We also acquired five teachers' desks and chairs 
from the Government for the cost of transportation. 

During the past year it has been necessary again to patch 
the roof on the high school. The roof, over twenty years old, 
started to give trouble within a year or two from the time it 
was completed. There is a separate article concerning this 



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roof in the warrant which should be given serious thought 
by the voters. 

Survey : 

There is a second article, regarding a survey of school 
needs, which should be looked upon with favor by all persons 
interested in the future of the town. A long term educational 
program should be formulated and the land necessary to carry 
it out should be acquired as soon as possible. By rigid economy 
we are returning $2,458.25 to the town and it seems logical 
that the amount requested for this survey should be voted 
from this excess. 

We are asking for $84,875.00 for your schools. I feel 
certain that the total will cover our expenditures but with 
prices still fluctuating we cannot be certain that the break- 
down will be accurate. In 1947, it was necessary to request 
an extra $200.00 for fuel from the finance board, although we 
returned $2,453.25 to the town as unexpended balances in 
other accounts. 

I wish to call attention to the reports of special depart- 
ments which follow. 

Respectfully submitted, 

DAVID C. BOWEN, 
Superintendent of Schools 



ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS 

Center School : 

I herewith submit my report for the Acton Center School 
for the year 1947. 

The teaching staff from January to June was Mrs. Bra- 
man in Grades 1 and 2, Mrs. Hatch in Grades 3 and 4, and 
Mrs. Berry in Grades 5 and 6. Miss McKenna was appointed 
in September for Grades 3 and 4. The average enrollment 

was eighty-four. 



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There are sixty-one pupils who bring lunches regularly. 
Milk is sold to these pupils. All the teachers are on duty 
during the lunch time. One teacher supervises the playground 
during the short morning recess. One teacher and Mr. Harvey 
supervise the playground during the half-hour noon recess. 
Fire drills are held monthly. 

The children took part in the Infantile Paralysis collection. 
The enrollment in the Junior Red Cross was 100 per cent. 
Red Cross boxes were filled for needy children abroad. 

Playground equipment was bought from the proceeds of 
seeds sold in the spring. Money was also given by the fifth 
and sixth grade children for this purpose in June. 

State Certificates were presented to the children partici- 
pating under the reading program carried on by Miss Lothrop, 
our librarian. 

During Education Week in November, parents were in- 
vited to visit the building. The teachers were in their rooms 
to receive the parents. The response was most gratifying. 

I appreciate the loyal support of the parents, the teachers, 
and Mr. Harvey during the past year. 

DARDANA BERRY 

Acting Principal 



West School: 

I herewith submit my annual report for the West Acton 
School. 

The September enrollment was as follows: Mrs. Wells, 
Grades 1 and 2, thirty-six pupils ; Mrs. Best, Grades 3 and 4, 
twenty-nine pupils ; Mrs. Douglas, Grades 5 and 6, thirty-four 
pupils. The present enrollment is one hundred. 

Average number of pupils bringing lunches is twenty-five. 

An average of twenty bottles of milk has been sold daily 
since September. 

Fire drills are held monthlv. 



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Junior Red Cross enrollment was 90 per cent. Several 
gifts were brought to help fill boxes for the children in other 
countries. 

Seeds were sold as usual to aid in purchasing of maga- 
zines and balls. 

State Certificate Reading is carried on in Grades 4, 5, 
and 6. 

Mrs. Wells attended the four -day conference held at 
Leslie College, Cambridge, last June, and received a certificate 
of attendance. 

Education Week was observed on November 13 from 
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Special invitations were sent to the 
parents. It was most gratifying to the teachers that sixty 
parents and friends responded to these invitations. 

Three large packing boxes filled with all kinds of clothing, 
books, toys, games, and candy were sent to a needy family 
in the Kentucky Mountains for Christmas. 

In closing, I wish to thank the many parents for their 
willingness to help, to Mr. Banks for his kind assistance in 
mailing the boxes of clothes, etc., and to my teachers for 
helping to defray the expenses. 

CARRIE F. WELLS 

Principal 



South School: 

The South Acton School opened September 8, 1947, with 
an enrollment of ninety-fcur. The teaching staff remains the 
same as last year — Miss Merriam, Mrs. Gemma, and Miss 
McCarthy. One teacher is on duty in the early morning and 
two teachers are on duty during the lunch period. Mr. Harvey 
assists in supervision inside the building and on the play- 
ground. Fire drills are conducted monthly. 

The school contributed to the March of Dimes. One 
dollar was sent to the 4-H Camp Middlesex in Ashby. Red 
Cross membership this year was LOO per cent. Many small 



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gifts were brought for overseas boxes. The proceeds of the 
spring seed sale was $15.00. This money is used for play- 
ground equipment and magazines. Due to the great rise in 
prices, I suggest that the school department supply some 
playground equipment each year. 

Whooping cough has lowered the per cent of attendance 
in the first four grades during November. The audiometer 
test was given in grades three to six and five children were 
found to have defective hearing. 

Folk dancing was carried on in the spring, although 
no culmination for this project was undertaken. Shortly after 
school opened in September, a bus trip to the Indian Museum 
at Harvard, Massachusetts, was greatly enjoyed by grades 2, 
3, and 4. This trip provided information and material for 
language activities. During Education Week in November, 
parents were invited to visit school and about fifty people 
came. The teachers thank those parents for their interested 
response. 

Mrs. Gemma has commuted between Clinton and South 
Acton daily since September, 1946 — a year and three months 
to date — without a single day of absence. Miss Merriam and 
Miss McCarthy enrolled for the Elementary Teachers' Con- 
ference at Leslie College in June and are now attending the 
classes in "Reading and Study in the Elementary School" held 
in Concord. 

JULIA L. McCarthy 

Principal 



High School: 

Conant Library 

The library is open for reference work until 3:15 after 
school. Books may be signed out in the morning before 
school, during noon lunch period, and after school. 

There is still a great need for many new books: fiction, 
biographies, autobiographies, and historical novels. All dona- 
tions will be gratefully received. These books are needed for 
the required reading in the English courses. 



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The Student Council of 1946-47 presented the library with 
ten books. It is the first time any school organization has 
helped this library. We wish to thank them for their donation. 
We hope this will set a precedent and that other organizations 
of the school will help the library. 

We wish to thank the Acton Library for the gift, by 
transfer, of the two complete sets of the Hudson Edition of 
Shakespeare. This gift was made possible by the thoughtful- 
ness of Miss Lothrop, the librarian. These sets were badly 
needed and will be very much appreciated by the English 
Department. 

We wish to thank those members of the student body 
who have helped in the library work. 

HENRY HOPKINSON 

Librarian 



Art Department : 

In the grades, we have covered projects in design and 
figure drawing. In the drawing of figures, the child has a 
chance to express himself in the everyday life in which he 
lives. Art is also correlated with other subjects when pos- 
sible. The fifth and sixth grades took part in the annual Ani- 
mal Rescue League Poster Contest. Prizes were awarded to 
winners in each school. 

Students of the Junior High School were also awarded 
prizes for their Animal Rescue League Posters. 

For our Junior Red Cross work, the students of both 
the junior and senior high school made fifty place mats and 
fifty menu covers for the Cushing Hospital. 

Last April an exhibition of work done by the junior and 
senior high school students was held in the high school. 

This fall a bulletin board was placed in the lower hall and 
each week different students' work has been placed there, 
which has proved interesting to passersby. 



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I want to thank all the members, the town, and the school 
department for their cooperation during this year in making 
the Art Department a success. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ELSEA M. BRIDGESS 



Acton High School Athletic Association: 

The Acton High School Athletic Association has been 
able to build up a fund through the magazine drive and dona- 
tions from friends in the town. As of January 1, 1948, the 
amount totaled $600.00 with very few outstanding bills. 

Physical training is conducted for both the junior and 
senior high school students, the latter after school due to the 
limited time of the school curriculum. 

The intra-mural basketball program initiated last year 
has been continued with a great deal of success. There are six 
teams competing weekly allowing for approximately fifty 
students to compete in athletics. 

The high school basketball team has been entered in the 
Wachusett League and is undrgoing a successful season. This 
year the team defeated Maynard High School at Boston 
Garden by the score of 32 to 17, avenging last year's loss by 
one point. The Athletic Association has purchased basketball 
suits for both the girls' and boys' varsity teams, with the 
junior high school team using the varsity suits of last year. 
The junior high school team is a member of the newly formed 
Middlesex League. 

The baseball team Vvdll be a member of the Wachusett 
League again this year and we have high hopes of being a 
strong contender for the trophy. 

We suggest that a skating rink be set up on the field 
next to the high school. This could be used for hockey and 
also for public skating for the boys and girls of the town. 
The cost could be reduced through the Industrial Arts Depart- 
ment. Mr. Stetson has offered to supervise the construction 
of this rink after the material has been purchased. 



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It is recommended that a full-time athletic director be 
appointed to supervise the athletic program covering the 
grammar schools along v/ith the junior high and high school. 

In closing, we wish to thank Dr. Clark for his voluntary 
support in giving free medical aid to members of the teams; 
the Parent-Teacher's Association which has made free trans- 
portation available to our home basketball games ; Mr. Bradley 
for his interest in the baseball team in keeping Jones' Field 
the best playing surface in these parts; and Mr. Bowen and 
the rest of the faculty of Acton High School for their coopera- 
tion and interest. 

WILLIAM 0'COxN[NELL 
ALEXANDER KYRIOS 



Music Department: 

A brief summary of the activities within the scope of the 
Music Department reveals that some progress has been made 
in the direction of the goal set by the Director of Music 
Education. However, the rate of progress must necessarily 
be slow, in a school that has to spHt both activities and 
curriculum so fine. 

In a large school, 10 per cent of the student body, repre- 
sented in music activities, is considered very good, and such 
a condition ensures a maximum of interest in the art by the 
participants. In our Acton High School, nearly 80 per cent 
of the students are in one or another of the music organiza- 
tions. 

While this is a good thing in one respect and enables the 
instructor to teach as much as possible to as many as possible, 
it must also mean that the aggregate depth of the interest 
involved will be shallower than would be the case if the 
opportunity to study music were limited to the comparatively 
talented six or eight per cent. 

Instrumental music is still hampered by a lamentable 
lack of instruments, and a suitable time and place for opera- 
tion. The pressure of other subjects in the curriculum makes 
it very difficult to afford adequate time for those involved. 



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In the vocal music division, time and place are factors 
to be considered in evaluating the value; and progress of the 
work attempted and completed. 

Last spring's concert was reasonably successful, and was 
productive of much good. Both girls and boys were a credit to 
the town. 

The concert given in December by the boys' chorus was 
also a successful venture, and, for Acton, a novelty in school 
activities. 

This spring a concert that will include a cantata Dy tne 
fifth and sixth grades is now in preparation, and this should 
widen the interest in music throughout the community. 

The book situation in the elementary schools will soon 
be adequately adjusted, so that each grade may have the use 
of a book designed for specific grade study. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JOHN M. PRISKE 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. David C. Bowen 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

The usual physical examinations were completed on 
October 29, 1947. 

Early in the fall special examinations were conducted for 
students playing hockey and basketball. 

Pre-school examinations were held in September. 

Inoculations for diphtheria in conjunction with the Board 
of Health were held for the lower grades in May. 

I wish to thank the superintendent, the townspeople, the 
teachers, and the nurse for their cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. A. MAYELL, M.D. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. David C. Bowen 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Sir: 

Report for the school yesiY ending December, 1947. 

A few cases of the usual communicable diseases were 
present through the winter months and again in the late 
fall but never reaching the epidemic stage. 

Pre-school clinic was held early in May when parents 
could register children entering school in September for the 
first time and have an opportunity of finding defects in 
children in time to have corrections made before the child 
started school — giving the child a better start. 

Diphtheria Clinic was held in May. A chance was given 
all pre-school children to be Schicked and immunized. Many 
parents requested Schick tests on children previously done 
and booster shots were given where needed. Because of the 
diphtheria cases throughout the state, many gladly took ad- 
vantage of this opportunity. This year, for once, the clinic 
was popular and more widely patronized. 

The annual school physical examinations were completed 
early in November by Dr. Mayell. 

This year the hearing of all pupils was tested by 
audiometer and notices sent to parents where deafness was 
found. It is hoped that parents realize the seriousness of 
defective hearing and take the necessary steps to do what 
can be done to restore the hearing before it is too late. 

In closing, may I thank the teachers and the superintend- 
ent for their hearty cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R.N. 



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ACTON HIGH SCHOOL 
Graduation Prog^ram 

June 13, 1947 

Processional 

Pomp and Circumstance Elgar 

Invocation 

The Reverend Gordon Crook 

Salutatory 

Janice Harriette Webb 

Senior Chorus 

"Rose Marie" Rudolf FrimJ 

Address 

Louis C. Zahner 

The Groton School 

Head of English Department 

Piano Solo 

Barcarolle /. Offeyibach 

Frances Jean Merry 

Presentation of Class Gift 
Walter Matthew Ballard 
President of Senior Class 

Senior Chorus 

"The World is Waiting for the Sunrise" Seitz 

Valedictory 

Ruth Elaine Gilbert 

Class Song 

Words: Ruth E. Gilbert 

Presentation of Awards 
Mr. David C. Bowen 
Mr. William O'Connell 



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Presentation of Diplomas 
Mr. Richard A. Lowden 
Chairman of School Committee 

National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance 



Benediction 

The Reverend Francis Egan 

Recessional 

"Triumphal March" from Aida 

Reception to Graduates 



Verdi 



GRADUATES, 1947 



tWalter Matthew Ballard 
Gladys Bancroft 

tPhyllis Elaine Barnhart 
David Michael Barry 
Lorraire Olive Bursaw 

tMarjorie Christofferson 

••'Gordon W. Danielson 
Ardelle M. Day 
Albert Durkee 
Caroline Meta Gates 
Edmund Lewis Gates, Jr. 

tRuth Elaine Gilbert 
Marjorie Eleanor Howell 



Margaret Frances Leveroni 

t Frances Jean Merry 

* Patricia Frances Mullen 
Allen Herbert Nelson 

*Paul Allen Newsham 
Dorothy Virginia Rahberg 

fDonald Ernest Reynolds 
Norman Lawrence Roche 
Betty Ann Roe 
Lorna Jennette Steele 
Kathleen Marie Sweeney 
Janice Harriette Webb 



'^Average in Senior Year of 2 A's with no mark less than B 
tMembers of National Honor Societv 



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AWARDS 



Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship of $50 
Paul Allen Newsham 

Acton High School Scholarship of $100 
Janice Harriette Webb 

National Honor Society Pins 

The top 15 per cent of the graduating class 

Walter Matthew Ballard 
Phyllis Elaine Barnhart 
Marjorie Christofferson 
Ruth Elaine Gilbert 
1^ ranees Jean Merry 
Donald Ernest Reynolds 

American Legion Medals 

To the best all around boy and girl in the senior class as 
judged for scholarship, loyalty and achievement. 

Walter Matthew Ballard 
Phyllis Elaine Barnhart 

Washington and Franklin Medal 

Awarded by the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the 
American Revolution for excellence in the study of United 

States History. 
Ruth Elaine Gilbert 

Good Citizenship Certificate 

Awarded by the National Society of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution to a Good Citizen of Acton High 
School for the current year, who has demonstrated 
through her entire course qualities of dependability, 
leadership, service, and patriotism to an outstanding 
degree. 

Marjorie Eleanor Howell 



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Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award Medal 

For achieving the highest scholastic record in science 
courses during high school. 

Paul Allen Newsham 

Rensselaer Medal for excellence in science and mathematics 
Gordon W. Danielson 

Reader's Digest Award 

A year's subscription to the Reader's Digest presented 
in recognition of past accomplishment and in anticipation 
of unusual achievement to come. 

Ruth Elaine Gilbert 

Award given by Student Council for best attendance 

Donald Ernest Reynolds 

(absent one day in the past six year) 



INDEX 

First Section 

Assessors '^ 

Board of Health 150 

Inspector of Slaughtering 152 

Cemetery Commissioners 157 

Dog Officer 79 

Elizabeth White Fund 152 

Fence Viewers, Report of 140 

Finance Committee . 2 

Fire Department 153 

Forest Warden 156 

Inspector of Animals 149 

Librarian's Report 122 

Books Added— 1947 126 

Middlesex County Extension Service 142 

Moth Superintendent 140 

Police Department 144 

Proposed Zoning By-Laws 64 

Proposed Amendments to Town By-Laws 70 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 143 

Selectmen's Report 20 

State Audit 55 

Superintendent of Streets 155 

Tax Collector 75 

Town Accountant 92 

Balance Sheet, December 31, 1947 118-121 

Town Clerk's Report 37 

Births 38 

Marriages 42 

Deaths 46 

Non-Resident Burials 47 

Dog Licenses 48 

Jury List (Revised) 1947 54 



Town Forest Committee 148 

Town Meeting (Abstract) March 10, 1 947 22 

Town Nurse 1^1 

Town Officers 14 

Appointments by Selectmen 16 

Treasurer's Report 80 

Tree Warden 139 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 141 

Veterans Services 154 

Welfare Department 158 

Warrant, Monday, March 8, 1948 3 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 153 

Second Section 

Schools : 

Calendar— 1948-1949 3 

Budgets for 1948 8 

Financial Report 7 

Graduation Program 25 

Organization 2 

Report of Principals of Elementary Schools and 

Supervisors 15 

School Committee 6 

Rules of School Committee 4 

School Nurse 24 

School Physician 23 

Statistics 9 

Superintendent 12 

Teachers 5 




MiUU REPORTS 

OF THE 

Several Official Boards 

OF THE 

TflWI OF ACTOSl 

MASSATHIJ SETTS 



FOR THE YEAR 
ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1948 



■^ 




mW!ii REPORTS 



OF THE 



Several Offielal Hc^itrd.^ 



OF THE 



nm OF mn 



MASSACHUSETTS 



FOR THE YEAR 

ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1948 

URPHY & SNYDER. MAYNARO, MASS. 



REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMIVnTTEE 



If the recornmendations of the Finance Committee are voted^ 
we estimate that the tax rate will be about the same as last 
year, — $41.^0 per thousand on our real estate and personal 
property. This estimate was determined after considenng" 
receipts from all other sources and the off setting expenditures 
including: the possibility of a state tax. If no state tax is 
assessed this year our estimate may be slig:litly reduced. 

We take this opportunity to thank the many committees 
and the several Boards for their co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted^ 

W. STUART ALLEN 
JOHN M. WHITTIER 
PRENTICE W. BLOOD 
HERBERT W. MERRIAM 
ROBERT CHARLES 
PORTER G. JENKS 

Finance Committee. 



3 
TOWN WARRANT 



COMVrONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 

Middlesex, ss. 




To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in isaid 
County, Greeting's: 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are 
hereby directed to notify the le^al voters of said Town of 
Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the transaction 
«i3f town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, to wit: 

Precinct 1 — ^Town Hall, Acton Center 

Precinct 2 — Congregational Church, South Acton 

Precinct 3 — ^Woman's Club House, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the seventh day of March, 1949> 
by posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each of 
the places as directed by vote of the town, seven days at least 
before the seventh day of March, 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following town 
officers: Moderator, town clerk, town treasurer, collector of 
taxes, one selectman for three years; one assessor for three 
years; one member of the board of public welfare for three 
years ; four constables for one yeai' ; one cemetery commissioner 
for three years ; two members of the school committee for three 
years; one member of the board of health for three years; one 
trustee Memorial Library for three years; and a tree warden., 

The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 8 o'clock 
P. M. 



You are further requested in the name of the Commonwealth 
to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as aforesaid, to 
meet at the TOWN HALL, in said Acton on Monday, March 14, 
1949, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 

Then and there to act on the following articles: 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officei's and com- 
mittees and fix the salary and compensation of all elective 
officers of the town. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the salary of the 
Town Treasurer be raised $50.00 this year and that the in- 
crease be retroactive to January 1, 1949. The Committee also 
recommends that the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at 
$1.25 per hour plus $.75 2?er hour for use of a truck. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the several 
reports of the town officers and boards or act anything thereon. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any commit- 
tees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already' 
reported. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $500.00, or some other sum, for the observ- 
ance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended under the direc- 
tion of a committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen, or 
act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee reconnmends favorable action. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, 
to borrow money from time to time in anticipation of the reve- 
nue of the financial year beginning January 1, 1949 and to issue 
a note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to renew 
any note or notes as may be given for a period of less than one 
year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 



Article 6. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of 52,500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Ac- 
count, or act anything- thereon. 

The Finance Committee reeommench favorable action. 

Article 7. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $450.00 for the use of the Treasurer to pay 
the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount spent for 
board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by the County 
of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000 or some other sum, so that the Board 
of Health may contract for the collection and disposal of gar- 
bage for a period of one year, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recom,niends favorable action. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for the re- 
placement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 10. To see what sum of money the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary expenses of 
the several departments of the town and determ.ine how the 
same shall be raised. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the following 
sums of money be raised and appropriated for the several pur- 
poses hereinafter designated and that the same be expended 
only for the purposes under the direction of the respective 
boards, committees, or officers of the town, as follows: 

Recommended Expended 
Item 1949 1948 

General Government 4.6^/r of Total 

1 Moderator $25.00 $15.00 

2 Finance Committee 100.00 67.80 



3 


Selectmen Salaries and Wages 


2,300.00 


2,123.81 


4 


Expenses 


150.00 


118.27 


5 


Town Accountant Salary and Wages 800.00 


700.00 


6 


Expenses 


50.00 


36.25 


7 


Treasurer Salary and Wages 


800.00 


750.00 


8 


Expenses 


250.00 


249.47 


9 


Collector Salary and Wages 


1,550.00 


1,522.10 


10 


Expenses 


300.00 


174.12 


11 


Assessors Salaries and Wages 


2,350.00 


2,193.50 


12 


Expenses 


250,00 


136.33 


13 


Town Clerk Salary and Fees 


500.00 


501.50 


14 


Expenses 


200.00 


151.65 


15 


Elections & Registrations Sal. & Wages 594.00 


1,099.40 


16 


Expenses 
Total General Government 


430.00 


469.25 


17 


$10,649.00 






Buildings & Grounds 2.5% of Total 







18 Buildings & Grounds Sal. & Wages $2,885.00 $1,618.43 

19 Expenses 2,930.00 2,536.84 



20 Total Buildings and Grounds $5,815.00 

Protection of Persons and Property 10.4% of Total 

21 Police Salaries and Wages 

22 Expenses, including cruiser 

23 Fire Dept. Salaries and Wages 

24 Expenses 

25 Fire Alarm System Labor 

26 Expenses 

27 Fire Hydrant Rental 

28 Forest Fire 

29 Sealer of Wgts. & Measures Sal & Wgs. 225.00 

30 Expenses 

31 Moth Dept. Salary and Wages 

32 Expenses 

33 Tree Warden Salary and Wages 

34 Expenses 

35 Total Protection 



$6,126.00 


$6,049.62 


1,475.00 


1,411.04 


2,865.00 


2,777.42 


2,000.00 


1,966.12 


200.00 




100.00 




4,126,00 


3,676.00 


1,500.00 


599.40 


Vgs. 225.00 


200.00 


50.00 


49.78 


1,500.00 


951.41 


1,200.00 


1,047.50 


1,750.00 


1,637.80 


750.00 


676.77 


$23,867.00 





Health and Sanitation 2.77^ of Total 

36 Board of Health Salary and Wages $4,300.00 $4,268.29 

37 Expenses 1,700.00 749.92 

38 Inspection of Animals 150.00 150.00 



39 Total Health and Sanitation $6,150.00 

Highways 13.27r of Total 



40 


Village Highways 


2,000.00 


$1,998.99 


41 


Chapter 81 Highways 


8,550.00 


21,374.81 


42 


Chapter 90 Highways 


3,000.00 


8,238.65 


43 


Snow Removal 


12,000.00 


16,459.54 


44 


Street Lighting 
Total Highways 


4,700.00 


4,537.13 


45 


$30,250.00 






Charities 17.17r of Total 






46 


General Relief Salary and Wages 


$1,150.00 


$,1335.20 


47 


Expenses 


150.00 


104.25 


48 


Expenditure 


4,500.00 


3,827.87 


49 


Old Age Expenditure 


30,000.00 


46,249.87 


50 


A. D. C. Expenditure 
Total Charities 


3,500.00 


3,508.41 


51 


$39,300.00 






Veterans' Aid 2.7 S^r of Total 






52 


Veterans' Benefits Salary and W; 


ages $150.00 


$150.00 


53 


Expenses 


25.00 


5.00 


54 


Expenditure 


5,000.00 


1,319.89 


55 


Veterans' Service Salary and Wages 1,050.00 


948.60 


56 


Expenses 


50.00 


4.00 



57 Total Veterans' Aid $6,275.00 

Education 40.4^^ of Total 

58 Schools Salaries and Wages $73,000.00 $64,748.05 
Approximate Expenses 

59 Fuel $3,925.00 4,101.76 

60 Books and Supplies 3,000.00 3,389.16 



61 


Transportation 




7,600.00 




6,140.00 


62 


Tuition 




300.00 




300.00 


63 


Janitors' Supplies and 










Power, Repairs, 


& Misc. 


4,000.00 




5,270.78 


64 


Outlay 




800.00 




763.19 


65 


Library 




100.00 




110.27 


66 


Health 
Total Expenses 
Total Education 




275.00 


$20,000.00 


250.00 






- 




67 


$93,000.00 





Libraries 1.1^^ of Total 

68 Libraries Salary and Wages $1,112.00 $786.50 

69 Expenses 1,100.00^ 959.03 

70 Books 300.00 602.74 



71 Total Libraries $2,512.00 

Recreation .9'/^ of Total 

72 Playgrounds $2,000.00 $729.24 

Unclassified l.S'/r of Total 



73 


Miscellaneous Expenses 


$1,000.00 


$746.04 


74 


Town Reports 


800.00 


769.95 


75 


Workmen's Compensation 


900.v00 


848.70 


76 


Surety Bonds 


365.00 


298.75 



7 Total Unclassified $3,065.00 



Cemeteries 2A'/c of Total 

78 Cemeteries Salary and Wages $4,600.00 $3,999.68 

79 Expenses 1,000.00 895.30 



SO Total Cemeteries $5,600.00 



Maturing Debt and Interest .5''/ of Total 

81 Maturing Debt $1,000.00 $1,000.00 

82 Interest 135.00 150.00 



88 Total Debt and Interest $1,135.00 



84 Total Budget Recommendations $229,618.00 

Article 11. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from 
the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of $800.00 for the pur- 
chase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of Selectmen 
to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for the painting of traffic lines and 
signs, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,000.00 for new construction of Main 
Street from the Carlisle Line to the State Road in North Acton ; 
said money to be used in conjunction with $3,000.00 to be al- 
lotted by the County and $6,000.00 to be allotted by the State, 
or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of snow fence, or 
act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 15. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from 
the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount of the State's and 
County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 and 90; 
provided that the reimbursement from the State and County 
be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or act any- 
thing thereon. 



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Article 16. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from 
the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of SI, 200. 00 for the pur- 
chase of necessary equipment for the Fire Department, or act 
anything- thereon. 

Th(^ Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 17. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of 8150.00 for the purchase of uniforms for 
the Police Department as by General Laws Chapter 40, Sec- 
tion 6B, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to appropriate from 
the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of 81,500.00 for the 
purchase of gas masks for the Fire Department as required by 
Chapter 337, Section 51 A, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen to appoint a committee of three for further study 
of the playground situation in Precinct Three and for examina- 
tion of sites therefor: and to appropriate the sum of 8200. 0(> 
for expenses in connection therewith ; or act anything thereon. 
(Inserted in warrant on request of Playground Site Committee) 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 



Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of 8500.00 for the feeding of our shade trees, 
or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of 8500.00 for the control of and checking the 
Dutch Elm Disease, or act anything thereon. 

This is $250.00 more than last year and because a careful 
check was made la.st year and because ice are in 1949 especially 
feeding and extra spraying the elm trees, the Finance Commit- 
tee feels that a watch can be kept on these trees during feed- 



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ing and spraying so the special work could he eliminated at 
least one year in favor of economy. The Finance Committee, 
therefore, does not approve this article. 

Article 22. To see if the town will vote to transfer from 
the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $975.00 for the pur- 
chase of a Gas Driven Chain Saw for the Tree Department, 
or act anything thereon. 

The price approximately for this is: 

Model 3 ft. Two Man Saw $655.00 

1 extra 3 ft. chain 27.20 

1 4 ft. Guide rail 35.20 

2 extra 4 ft. chains 59.60 

Electric chain saw sharpener 175.00 

Freight from factory 3.00 



$955.00 



The Finance Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$800.00. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $1,500.00 for a survey and plans for a new 
fire house adjoining the Acton Center Fire House, or act any- 
thing thereon. (Inserted in warrant on request by Fire House 
Building Committee) 

The Finance Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$400.00. 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,000.00 or any other amount for the Tree 
Department for eradication of poison ivy on the highways 
and streets of the town, or act anything thereon. (Inserted 
in warrant on a petition bearing sixteen (16) signatures) 

The Finance Committee recommends an appropriation of 
$1,500.00. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $800.00, or any other sum, for the purpose 



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of oiling- roads and avenues in Mt. Hope Cemetery, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 26. To see if the. town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to clean the streets on that part of 
Central Street, Massachusetts Avenue and Windsor Avenue 
in the business section of West xA^cton, or act anything thereon. 
(Inserted in warrant on a petition bearing twenty-five (25) 
signatures) 

The Finance Committee does not approve of this article as 
this is decidedly of local consideration. It should be taken 
care of locally. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for repairs to the town clock, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $6,500.00 or some other sum to procure or 
buy, and grade a certain tract of land in that part of Acton 
known as West Acton, bounded and described as follows: 

''A strip, 150 feet wide parallel to the eastern 
boundary of land now owned by the Town and known 
as the West Acton School Property and adjacent 
thereto, extending from the southern boundary of land 
now or formerly held in the name of Helen A. Knowl- 
ton, Trustee, or the easterly extension of such a south- 
ern boundary to the intersection with a line formed by 
the easterly extension of the southern boundary of 
land now owned by the Town and known as the West 
Acton School Property." Said land to be graded in 
conjunction with land now owned by the town adja- 
cent thereto to provide a satisfactory playground. 

All of said land to be used for recreational purposes in 
compliance with the provisions of Chapter 45 of the Genera! 
Laws (Tercentenary Edition) of this Commonwealth, said 
land to be held in trust by the Selectmen until it can be placed 



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under the supervision and control of the Board of Recreation 
Commissioners, when and if such a board is elected ir ap- 
pointed, or to act anything thereon. (Inserted in warrant on 
a petition bearing thirteen (13) signatures) 

The Finance Co7nmittee does not approve of this article. 
The Playground Site Committee also does not approve. The 
land or area is totally inadequate for the purpose. 

Article 29. To see if the town will take any action to estab- 
lish a Board of Recreation Commissioners, consisting of one 
member each from Precincts 1, 2 and 3, to function in compli- 
ance wth the provisons of Chapter 45 of the General Laws 
(Tercentenary Edition) of this Commonwealth, or to take any 
action relative thereto. (Inserted in warrant on a petition 
bearing thirteen (13) signatures) 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to transfer the sum 
of $4,000.00, appropriated and raised, but not disbursed, as a 
result of the Town's acceptance of Articles 23 and 24 of the 
Warrant for the March, 1948 Town Meeting, to the Board of 
Recreation Commissioners in compliance with the provisions 
of Chapter 45 of the General Laws (Tercentenary Edition) of 
this Commonwealth, this sum to be expended for recreational 
purposes, or to take any action relative thereto. (Inserted in 
warrant on a petition bearing thirteen (13) signatures) 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to provide that the 
Collector of Taxes shall collect under the title of Town Col- 
lector all accounts due the town, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee does not aprove this article as an 
appropriation cannot he made to an agency tvhich does not 
noiv exist. Furthermore, the money has been returned to 
Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $2,000.00 for the installation of a fire alarm 
system which will be connected with several industrial plants 
in South Acton, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action and 
that the money be taken from Surplus Revenue Account. 



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Article 33. To see if the town will accept the gift of Ten 
Thousand ($10,000) dollars from J. Roland Wetherbee of 
Putney, Georgia, to be known as the J. Roland Wetherbee 
Cemetery Fund, for the purpose of improving certain lots at 
Woodlawn Cemetery pursuant to the terms of a written instru- 
ment dated October 9, 1948 and act anything thereon. 

Article 34. To see if the town will approve the making of 
such regulations, consistent with the Law, by the Cemetery 
Commissioners, as they may deem expedient, to modify, im- 
prove, add to, and modernize the Cemetery Regulations, and act 
anything thereon. 

Article 35. Will the Town adopt a resolution affording the 
people of Acton the opportunity to express to their representa- 
tives in Congress, in the Executive Department of the United 
States and in the United Nations their deep feeling regarding 
war and peace, and to request their representatives in Con- 
gress to support the Resolutions now pending in Congress 
seeking action to make the United Nations capable of enacting, 
interpreting, and enforcing world law to assure peace? (In- 
serted in warrant on a petition bearing sixteen (16) signatures) 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of ?700.00 to pay the cost of effecting insurance 
providing indemnity for or protection to any officer or em- 
ployee of the Town against loss by reason of his liability to 
pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death at 
any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property, 
caused by the operation, within the scope of his official duties 
or employment of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town 
as provided by the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.) 
Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

The Finance Committee recomfuends favorable action. 



Article 37. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell at public auction 
or private sales, any property heretofore or hereafter acquired 
by the town under the title proceedings, to impose thereon such 
restrictions, reservations, or conditions as they may deem 



15 

expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and deliver in the name 
and under the seal of the Town, deeds or other instruments 
therefor, or take any other action relative thereto, to do or 
act thereon. 

Article 38. To see if the town will vote to appropriate the 
sum of $5,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account as a Re- 
serve Fund, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $170.36 to pay the following unpaid bills for 
1948, or do or act anything thereon. 

School Department: 

Boston Edison Co $123.49 

City of Newton 46.87 



$170.36 
The Finance Committee recommends favorable action. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting at 
tested copies thereof seven days at least before the time of 
said meeting as directed by vote of the town. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twelfth day of January, 
1949. 

GEORGE S. BRAMAN, 
ARTHUR W. LEE, 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY, 

Selectmen of Acton. 

A true copy. 

Attest 



Constable of Acton. 



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TOWN OFFICERS 



Moderator y 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen y 

George S. Braman Term expires 1949 

Lawrence Donnelly Term expires 1950 

Arthur W. Lee Term expires 1951 

Town Clerk 

Harlan E. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

Carl C. Flint Term expires 1949 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1950 

James W. Baker Term expires 1951 

Collector of Taxes 

Carrie M. Durkee i/ 

Tree Warden 

James J. Knight 

Board of Public Welfare 

Mary M. Laffin Term expires 1949 ^ 

Walter B. Stevens Term expires 1950 

Lossie E. Laird Term expires 1951 

Constables 

Ivar Peterson Robert G. Willett 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Michael Foley 



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Cemetery Commissioners 

Howard F. Jones Term expires 1949 

Harry E. Holt Term expires 1950 

Ray L. Harris Term expires 1951 

School Committee 

Marion C. Reed Term expires 1949 

Ralph W. Stearns Term expires 1949 

Ernest Simpson Term expires 1950 

Hazel P. Vose Term expires 1950 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1951 

Donald P. Severance Term expires 1951 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1949 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1950 

Florence A. Merriam Term expires 1951 

Board of Health 

0. Lawrence Clark Term expires 1949 

Herbert L. Leusher Term expires 1950 

Lowell H. Cram Term expires 1951 

Agent of Board of Health 

* Ernest E. Allsopp 

'•'"Edward J. Higgins 

*Deceased ** Appointed to replace* 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Grace 0. Lears Term expires 1949* 

Clara L. Sawyer Term expires 1950 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1951 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

James B. Wilson ...Term expires 1949 

Arnold H. Perkins .....Term expires 1950 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term expires 1951 



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Trustees of Acton Firemen's ReKef Fund y 

Herbert Merriam Term expires 1949 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term expires 1950 

Clarence Frost Term expires 1951 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund / 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1949 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1950 

Roy H, Linscott Term expires 1951 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1948 

Executive Oerk 

Virginia Milbery 
Office: Town Hall Hours: 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Meetings: Board of Selectmen, Wednesday evenings at 7:30 

Board of Public Welfare 

First and third Monday evenings at 7:00 

Finance Committee 

W. Stuart Allen Robert F. Charles 

'-Orson K. Miller Prentice W. Blood 

Herbert W. Merriam Porter G. Jenks 

**John M. Whittier 

Superintendent of Streets 
Russell C. Berry 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones Term expires 1950 

Registrars of Voters 

Julia A. Barry Term expires 1949 

James B. Wilson Tei-m expires 1950 

*John P. Duggan Term expires 1951 

Harlan E. Tuttle Ex-Officio 

'^'^Grace J. Cullinane 



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Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Alice C. Duren 
Clerk — James A, Wayne 
Inspector — Roy H. Linscott 
Inspector — Paul A, Coughlin 
Deputy Warden — Gertrude M. O'Neil 
Deputy Clerk — Helen R. Best 
Deputy Inspector — Paul C. Cornwall 
Deputy Inspector — Leo T. McCarthy 
Teller — Marion C, Jewell 
Teller— Mary R McCarthy 

Precinct II 

Warden — Doris Soar 
Clerk— Gladys M, Connolly 
Inspector — Marian L. Piper 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Marion H. Wilmot 
Deputy Clerk — Anne R. Christofferson 
Deputy Inspector — -Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Margaret F, Heath 
Teller — Martha I. Lowden 
Teller — Catherine G, Ward 

Precinct III 

Warden — Marion C. Reed 
Clerk— Mary M. Laffin 
Inspector — Louise C. O'Brien 
Inspector — Elizabeth M. White 
Deputy Warden — Bertram D. Hall 
Deputy Clerk — Annie E. Smith 
Deputj^ Inspector — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Inspector — Lizzie A. Beac-h 
Teller— Lena J. O'Connell 
Teller — Barbara J. McPhee 



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Fire Engineers 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Chief Engineer 

Clarence Frost, Asst. Engineer — Precinct I 

Lloyd W. Priest, Asst. Engineer — Precinct II 

Arno PI. Perkins, Asst. Engineer — Precinct III 

Cattle Inspector 

*Emest E. Allsopp 
**Arno H. Perkins 

Forest Warden 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Dog Officer 

Arthur Eraser 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 
Edward W. Estabrook 

Town Forest Committee 

Arno H. Perkins Term expires 1949 

John M. Whittier Term expires 1950 

James J. Knight Term expires 1951 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood Charles E. Smith 

Fence Viewers 

Robert G. Willett Edward W, Estabrook 

Louis F. Leveroni 

Field Drivers 

William H. Tillson Benjamin H, Sawyer 

Benjamin E. Derby 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James J. Knight 



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Police Officers 

tMichael Foley, Chief 
Robert G. Willett Roy H. Linscott 

Benjamin H. Sawyer Ray L. Harris 

Louis F. Leveroni Edward J. Higgins 

George A. Morse Alexander W. Whiteneck 

Merle R. Morse Edward J. Collins 

t Civil Service — Permanent 

Burial Agent 

*Ernest E. Allsopp 
** Edward J. Higgins 

Veteran's Agent 

* Edward E. Allsopp 
**Edward J. Higgins 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

John J. Bradley 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Russell C. Berry 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Howard L. Jones 

Director of Veterans' Services 

Theron A. Lowden 

Public Weighers 

William Braman Philip Newell 

G. Howard Reed Thomas Hearon 

John William Davis Albert R. Jenks 

A. W. Davis Porter G. Jenks 

M. B. Ferber Louise Garceau . 

Willard Houghton Ruth Durkin 

Waino J. Kangas Otis J. Reed 

Deceased or resigned *" Appointed to replace 



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SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



We hereby submit reports of the several departments under 
the supervision of the Board of Selectmen. 

During- the year 1948, the Board has held 52 regular meet- 
ings and 6 special meetings, besides attending association meet- 
ings and meeting with several departments of the state, and 
with the Middlesex County Commssioners. 

After several delays caused by high w^ater and changes in 
plans by Massachusetts Department of Public Works, the 
bridge at Brook Street has been completed and should take 
care of any future floods. 

Tlie Emergency Service fire truck was delivered in July and 
will undoubtedly be a great help in handling fires, especially 
at night, as this truck is equipped with emergency lighting. 
Tliis truck is also equipped to serve other types of emergen- 
cies which might arise. 

The committee on the School Survey was appointed after 
several joint meetings of the School Committee and the Board 
of Selectmen, in accordance with the vote of the town under 
Article 25 of the 1948 annual Tow^n Meeting. Tlie committee 
members are: John M. Whittier, Donald P. Severance, Mrs. 
Edward J. Bursaw, Edward A. Schmitz and Theodore G. Wil- 
liams. 

At a joint meeting of the School Committee and Board of 
Selectmen, a committee of three, consisting of Alden C. Flagg, 
Ervin D. Putnam and G. Howard Reed, was appointed to carry 
out the repairs and replacement of the roof on the high school 
and to expend from an appropriation, such amounts as were 
necessary therefor. 

At the annual Town Meeting, March 8, 1948, Article 22, 
it was voted to authorize the Selectmen to appoint a Play- 
ground Committee of three. After checking with the Division 
of Accounts and the Town Counsel, we were advised that the 
appointment of a committee as provided by this article does 
not comply with the provisions of Section 14, Chapter 45, 
General Laws, which requires the election of a Playground 



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Committee. No action was taken on Article 23 as a Playground 
Committee would have to be elected in order to have any power 
to purchase land, according to the provisions of Section 14, 
Chapter 45, General Laws,. No action was taken under Article 
24 as we were advised that a Playground Committee appointed 
by the Selectmen as suggested by Article 22 and not elected 
by the town, would have no authority to expend the appropria- 
tion voted under this article. On legal advice, we were informed 
that we could appoint a committee to survey possible sites for 
a playground in Precinct 3 and report their findings at a sub- 
sequent town meeting. This has been done. The following 
committee was appointed: E. Everett Putnam, Laurence A. 
Winslow and Louis A. Flerra. 

As the rate for street lighting is fixed on an hourly basis, 
not by meter, it is advantageous to the town that all lights 
are being used. Kindly report the pole number and location^ /T^ 
of burned out lights to the Town Hall. f / • w* 

The Board wishes, at this time, to express its appreciation 
to all town officers and committees for their support and co- 
operation in carrying out the duties of their resi>ective offices 
during the past year. 

GEORGE S. BRAMAN 
ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 

Selectmen of Acton, 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL 
TOWN MEETING, MARCH 8, 1948 



Article 1. (Officers) To choose all necessary town officers 
and committees and fix the salary and compensation of all 
elective officers of the town. 

Chose: Waldo E. Whitcomb trustee of the Elizabeth W^hite 
Fund for three years. 

Chose: Clarence Frost trustee of the Acton Firemen's Re- 
lief Fund for three years. 

Chose: H. Stuart MacGregor trustee of the W^est Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Roy H. Linscott trustee of the Goodnow Fund for 
three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tax Collector be twelve hun- 
dred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen be four hundred dollars per annum and the other 
members three hundred dollars each per annum, said salary 
to be retroactive to January 1, 1948. 

Voted: That the salaries of the Assessors be two thousand 
dollars in the aggregate per annum to be apportioned as they 
may determine, said salary to be retroactive to January 1, 
1948. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Health be twenty-five dollars per annum, the clerk fifteen 
dollars and the other members ten dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Public Welfare be one hundred and twenty-five dollars per 
annum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars each 
per annum and that the Board of Public Welfare be authorized 
to appoint one of its members as supervisor of Old Age As- 
sistance at a salary of $600.00, in accordance with the provi- 
sions of Section 4A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 



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Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be three hundred 
and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be seven 
liundred and fifty dollars per annum, said salary to be retro- 
active to January 1, 1948. 

Voted : That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.25 
per hour plus 65 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars 
for the annual meeting- and ten dollars for each special meeting. 

Article 2. (Reports) To see if the town will vote to accept 
the several reports of the town officers and boards or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the town officers 
as printed. 

Article 3. (Reports) To hear and act upon the reports of 
any committees chosen at any previous meeting that have not 
already reported. 

No action taken under this article. 

Article 4. (Memorial Day) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 or some other sum, 
for the observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended 
under the direction of a committee appointed by the Board of 
Selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
(500) dollars for the observance of Memorial Day, this sum 
to be expended under the direction of a committee appointed 
by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 5. (Borrow Money) To see if the town will vote to 
authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in anticipa- 
tion of the revenue of the financial year beginning January 1, 
1948, and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one 
year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a 



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period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17. 
Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Voted Unanimously : To authorize the Town Treasurer with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time 
to time in anticipation of the revenue of the financal year be- 
ginning January 1, 1948, and to issue a note or notes therefor, 
payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as 
may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance 
with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 6. (Dog Officer) To see if the town will vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $300.00 for the use of the Treasurer 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The amount spent 
for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed by the County 
of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Hundred 
(300) dollars for the use of the Treasurer, to pay the expenses 
of the local Dog Officer. The amount spent for board and dis- 
posal of dogs will be reimbursed by the County of Middlesex. 

Article 7. (Machinery Fund) To see if the town will vote 
to transfer the sum of $2,500.00 from the Machinery Fund to 
the Machinery Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of Twenty-five Hundred (2,500) 
dollars from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 8. (Garbage) To see if the town will vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 or some other sum, so 
that the Board of Health may contract for the collection and 
disposal of garbage for a period of one year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand 
(2000) dollars, so that the Board of Health may contract for 
the collection and disposal of garbage for a period of one year. 

Article 9. (Trees) To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for 
the replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 



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Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
Fifty (250) dollars for the Tree Department for the replace- 
ment of shade trees. 

Article 10. (Expenses) To see what sum of money the 
town will vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary 
expenses of the several departments of the town and determine 
how the same shall he raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be raised and 
appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter designated 
and that the same be expended onl}^ for the purposes under the 
direction of the respective boards, committees, or officers of the 
town, as follows: 

General Government: 

1 Moderator $25.00 

2 Finance Committee 150.00 

3 Selectmen, Salaries and Wages 2,200.00 

4 Expenses 150.00 

5 Town Accountant, Salaries and 

Wages 700.00 

6 Expenses 100.00 

7 Treasurer, Salaries and Wages 750.00 

8 Expenses 250.00 

9 Collector, Salaries and Wages 1,550.00 

10 Expenses 300.00 

11 Assessors, Salaries and Wages 2,350.00 

12 Expenses 250.00 

13 Town Clerk, Salaries and Fees 500.00 

14 Expenses 200.00 

15 Election and Registrations, Salaries 

and Wages 900.00 

16 Expenses 450.00 

17 Total General Government $10,825.00 



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Buildings and Grounds: 



18 Buildings and Grounds, Salaries and 

Wages $2,805.00 

19 Expenses 2,400.00 



20 Total Buildings and Grounds $5,205.00 

Protection of Persons and Property: 

21 Police, Salaries and Wages $6,062.00 

22 Expenses, including Cruiser 1,475.00 

23 Fire Dept., Salaries and Wages 2,665.00 

24 Expenses 2,000.00 

25 Fire Hydrant Rental 3,800.00 

26 Forest Fire 1,500.00 

27 Sealer of Wgts. and Measures, Salary 

and Wages 200.00 

28 Expenses 50.00 

29 Moth Dept., Salaries and Wages 950.00 

30 Expenses 1,050.00 

31 Tree Warden, Salaries and Wages ..., 1,625.00 

32 Expenses 675.00 

33 Total Protection $22,052.00 

Health and Sanitation: 

34 Board of Health, Salaries and Wages 4,300.00 

35 Expenses 700.00 

36 Inspection of Animals 150.00 

37 Total Health and Sanitation $5,150,00 

Highways : 



38 Village Highways $2,000.00 

39 Chapter 81 Highway 8,550.00 

40 Chapter 90 Highways 3,000.00 

41 Snow Removal 17,000.00 

42 Street Lighting 4,600.00 

43 Total Highways $35,150iM:J 



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Charities : 



44 General Relief, Salaries and Wages .. ?1,335.2C 

45 Expenses 150.00 

46 Expenditure 4,500.00 

47 Old Age Expenditure 25,000.00 

48 A. D. C, Expenditure 3,000.00 



49 Total Charities $33,985.20 

Veterans' Aid: 

50 Veterans' Benefits, Salaries and 

Wages 150.00 

51 Expenses 25.00 

52 Expenditure 5,000.00 

53 Veterans' Service, Salaries and 

Wages 1,050.00 

54 Expenses 100.00 

55 Total Veterans' Aid $6,325.00 

Education : 

56 Schools, Salaries and Wages $65,000.00 

57 Fuel 4,125.00 

58 Books and Supplies 3,400.00 

59 Transportation 6,000.00 

60 Tuition 300.00 

61 Janitors' Supplies and Power, 

Repairs and Miscellaneous 4,700.00 

62 Outlay 1,000.00 

63 Library 200.00 

64 Health 275,00 

65 Total Education $85,000.00 

Libraries : 

66 Libraries, Salaries and Wages $800.00 

67 Expenses 900.00 

68 Books 300.00 

69 Total Libraries $2,000.00 



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Recreation : 

70 Playgrounds .$1,000.00 $1,000.00 

Unclassified : 

71 Miscellaneous Expenses SI, 000. 00 

72 Town Reports 800.00 

73 Workmen's Compensation 900.00 

74 Surety Bonds 300.00 

75 Total Unclassified §3,000.00 

Cemeteries : 

76 Cemeteries, Salaries and Wages §4,000.00 

77 Expenses 900.00 

78 Total Cemeteries $4,900.00 

Maturing Debt and Interest: 

79 Maturing Debt $1,000.00 

80 Interest 150.00 

81 Total Debt and Interest §1,150.00 

82 Total Regular Expenses .$215,742.20 

Special Articles: 

Art. 4. Memorial Day .$.500.00 

Art. 6. Dog Officer 300.00 

Art. 8. Collection of Garbage 2,000.00 

Art. 9. Tree Department 250.00 

Art. 12. Painting Traffic Lines 200.00 

Art. 13. Construction of Main St. .. 3,000.00 

Art. 16. Snow Fence 200.00 

Art. 18. Equipment Fire Dept 1,500.00 

Art. 19. Feeding Shade Trees 500.00 

Art. 20. Police Uniforms 150.00 

Art. 23. Playground Precinct 3 3,000.00 



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Art. 24. Playground Precinct 1 1,000,00 

Art. 26. Pligh School Roof 7,500.00 

Art. 29. Liability Insurance 705.00 



$20,805.00 

Total Voted to be raised and appro- 
priated $286,547.20 

Transfers : 

Art. 7. Machinery Account $2,500.00 

Art. 11. Snow Plow 700.00 

Art. 17. Chapters 81 and 90 23,550.00 

Art. 21. Police Dept., New Cruiser.. 600.00 

Art. 25. School Survey 1,500.00 

Art. 26. High School Roof 7,500.00 

Art. 28. Shovel Loader and attach- 
ments 4,500.00 

Art. 32. Reserve Fund 3,500.00 

Art. 33. Lighting Set, Motor Gen... 400.00 

Total Transfers $44,750.00 



Grand Total $281,297.20 

Voted: (Item 41. Snow Removal) to raise and appropriate 
the sum of Seventeen Thousand (17,000) dollars for snow re- 
moval and maintenance of snow equipment and that the Select- 
men be authorized to spend One Thousand (1000) dollars of 
this appropriation for new equipment. 

Article 11. (Snow Plow) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of 
$700.00 for the purchase of a snow plow and authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Seven Hundred (700) dollars for the purchase of 



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a new snow plow and authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
trade-in or sell any old snow plows. 

Article 12. (Trathc Lines) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the painting of 
traffic lines and signs, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
(200) dollars for the painting of traffic lines and signs. 

Article 13. (Construction — Main St.) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of S3,000.00 for 
new construction of Main Street from the Carlisle line to the 
State Road in North Acton; said money to be used in conjunc- 
tion with $3,000.00 to be allotted by the County and $6,000.00 
to be allotted by the State, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thousand 
(3000) dollars for new construction of Main Street from the 
Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton; said money 
to be used in conjunction with Three Thousand (3000) dollars 
to be allotted by the County and $6,000.00 to be allotted by the 
State.. 

Aricle 14. (Route No. 2) To see if the town will vote to 
instruct the Moderator to obtain an expression of the voters 
present, as to their preference of the location of the Southerly 
route or the Northerly route of the proposed Route No. 2 as 
laid out by the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the Moderator to obtain ^>n expression 
of the voters present, as to their preference of the location of 
the Southerly route or the Northerly route of the proposed 
Route No. 2 as laid out by the Massachusetts Department of 
Public Works. 

Voted : Unanimously for the location of the proposed South- 
erly route No. 2. 

Article 15. (Zoning) To see if the town will vote to accept 
the Zoning By-Laws of the Town of Acton as printed in the 
town report, or act anything thereon. 



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Motion: That the Town adopt the Zoning By-Law filed with 
the Town Clerk, appearing on pages 64 to 70 of the Town 
Report for the year 1947 and entitled "Zoning By-Law of the 
Town of Acton." 

Moderator appointed tellers for a ballot vote. 

Tellers appointed 

Clarence Frost Richard A, Lowden 

Ray L, Harris Lowell H. Cram 

Wm, Henry Soar Ormal S. R. Laffin 

A ballot was ordered by the Moderator. 

Whole number of votes cast 432 

Yes 157 

No 275 

Article 16. (Snow Fence) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of 
snow fence, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
(200) dollars for the purchase of additional snow fence. 

Article 17. (Highways) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount 
of the State's and County's allotments for highways under 
Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement from 
the State and County be credited back to the Surplus Revenue 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Twenty-three Thousand Five Hundred Fifty 
(23,550) dollars, the amount of the State's and County's allot- 
ments for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90 ; provided that 
the reimbursement from the State and County be credited 
back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 18. (Fire Dept.) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 for the purchase 
of necessary equipment for the Fire Department, or act any- 
thino' thereon. 



Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Fifteen Hundred 
(1500) dollars for the purchase of necessary equipment for 
the Fire Department, 

Article 19. (Feeding- Trees) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the feeding of 
our shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
(500) dollars for the feeding" of our shade trees. 

Article 20. (Police Uniforms) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $150.00 for the purchase 
of unifoiTns for the Police Department as by General Laws 
Chapter 40, Section 6B, or act anj^thing- thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred 
Fifty (150) dollars for the purchase of uniforms for the Police 
Department as by General Laws Chapter 40, Section 6B. 

Article 21. (Police Cruiser) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$600.00 for the purchase of a new cruiser for the Police De- 
partment and authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in, 
sell or dispose of the old cruiser, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Sui-plus Revenue Account 
the sum of Six Hundred (600) dollars for the purchase of a 
new cruiser for the Police Department and authorize the Board 
of Selectmen to trade-in sell or dispose of the old cruiser. 

Article 22. (Playground Committee) To see if the town 
will vote to authorize the Selectmen to appoint a Playgi'ound 
Committee of three ; one member from Precinct 1 for one year ; 
one member from Precinct 2 for two years, and one member 
from Precinct 3 for three j^ears ; thereafter, all appointments 
to be made for three year periods, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To authorize the Selectmen to appoint a Playgi'ound 
Committee of three ; one member from Precinct 1 for one year ; 
one member from Precinct 2 for two years, and one member 
Precinct S for three years ; thereafter, all appointments to be 
made for three year periods. 



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Article 23. (Playground, Prec. 3) To see if the town will 
vote to authorize the Playground Committee to survey possible 
sites in Precinct 3 for a playground and to see if the town 
will vote to instruct the Board of Selectmen to purchase the 
most desirable site; and to see if the town will vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of §3,000.00 or any other sum to pur- 
chase and to improve a playground for Precinct 3, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thousand 
(3,000) dollars) for the Playground Committee and the Board 
of Selectmen, said joint committee to purchase and improve 
a site in Precinct 3 for a pla3^ground. 

Amendment: To strike out the sum of S3, 000.00 at this time 
did not prevail. 

Amendment: To increase the sum to $5,000.00 did not pre- 
vail. 

Article 24. (Coward Field) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 or any other sum 
to be used by the Playground Committee to improve Coward 
Field, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of One Thousand 
(1,000) dollars to be used by the Playground Committee to 
improve Coward Field. 

Article 25. (School Survey) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, 
acting jointly, to appoint a committee to survey the school 
needs of the town and transfer from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of $1,500.00 or any other sum, for the use of 
said committee, and to instruct it to report to the town at the 
next annual or special town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To authorize the Board of Selectmen and the School 
Committee, acting jointly, to appoint a committee to survey 
the school needs of the town and transfer from the Surplus 
Revenue Account the sum of Fifteen Plundred (1500) dollars 
for the use of said committee, and to instruct it to report to 
the town at the next annual or special town meeting. 



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Committee appointed: Donald P. Severance 

John M. Whittier 
Mrs. Edward J. Bursaw 
Edward A. Schmitz 
Theodore G. Williams 

Article 26. (High School Roof) To see if the eown will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $12,000.00 or any other 
sum, to replace the present roof on the high school, and to 
authorize the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, 
acting jointly, to appoint a committee to carry out said purpose 
and expend from said appropriation such amount as shall be 
necessary therefor, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Seven Thousand 
Five Hundred (7,500) dollars by taxation and to appropriate 
the sum of Seven Tliousand Five Hundred (7,500) dollars from 
the Surplus Revenue Account to replace the present roof on the 
High School, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and the 
School Committee, acting jointly, to appoint a committee to 
carry out said purpose and expend from said appropriation 
such amount as shall be necessary therefor. 

Committee appointed: Alden C. Flagg, Chairman 

Ervin D. Putnam 
George H. Reed 

Ai-ticle 27. (Fire House Sui'vey) To see if the town will 
vote to instruct the Moderator to appoint a committee of five 
to investigate the needs of expanding the present fire house 
01' building a new fire house in Precinct 1 and make recom- 
mendations at the next annual or special town m<^eting, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the Moderator to appoint a committee 
of five to investigate the needs of expanding the present fire 
house or building a new fire house in Precinct 1 and make 
recommendations at the next annual or special town meeting. 

Committee appointed: Walter B, Stevens 

Edward J. Bursaw 
F. Wendell Putnam, Jr. 
H. Stuart MacGregor 
Lloyd W. Priest 



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Article 28. (Shovel Loader) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$4,500.00 for the purpose of purchasing a Shovel Loader and 
attachments for the Highway Department, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Forty-five Hundred (4500) dollars for the purpose 
of purchasing a Shovel Loader and attachments for the High- 
way Department. 

Article 29. (Insurance) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate a sum of money to pay the cost of effect- 
ing insurance providing indemnity for or protection to any 
officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason of his 
liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including 
death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to prop- 
erty caused by the operation, within the scope of his official 
duties or employment of motor or other vehicles owned by the 
Town as provided by the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.) 
Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Seven Hundred 
Five (705) dollars to pay the cost of effecting insurance pro- 
viding indemnity for or protection to any officer or employee 
of the Town against loss by reason of his liability to pay dam- 
ages to others for bodily injuries, including death at any time 
resulting therefrom, or for damage to property caused by the 
operation, within the scope of his official duties or employment 
of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town as provided by 
the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 40, Section 
5, Subsection 1, as amended. 

Article 30. (By-Laws Amendment) To see if the town will 
vote to amend Article 1, Section 5 of the Town By-Laws by 
striking out said Article 1 and substituting therefor the amend- 
ment as printed in the town report, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To amend Article 1 Section 5 of the Town By-Laws 
by striking out said Article 1 and substituting therefor the 
amendment as printed in the town report with the additional 
amendment under B that the board of engineers may be em- 



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powered to choose one of their members as a clerk. Also, 
under C — The Chief shall annually in December in conjunction 
with the assistant engineers submit to the Board of Selectmen 
a budget for the maintenance of the Department for the en- 
suing year. 

Article 31. (Land titles) To see if the town will vote to 
authorize the Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell 
at public auction or private sales, any property heretofore or 
hereafter acquired by the town under the title proceedings, to 
impose thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions as 
they may deem expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and de- 
liver in the name and under the seal of the Town, deeds or 
other instruments therefor, or take any other action relative 
thereto, to do or act thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen and their successors in 
office, to sell at public auction or private sales, any property 
heretofore or hereafter acquired by the town under the title 
proceedings, to impose thereon such restrictions, reservations, 
or conditions as they may deem expedient and to execute, 
acknowledge, and deliver in the name and under the seal of the 
Town, deeds or other instruments therefor. 

Article 32. (Reserve Fund) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate the sum of Thirty-five Hundred (3,500) dollars 
from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve Fund or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Thirtj^-five Hundred 
(3,500) dollars from the Overlay Surplus as a Reserve Fund. 

Article 33. (Lighting Set) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
$400.00 for the purpose of purchasing a portable gasoline motor 
generator lighting set or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Four Hundred (400) dollars for tlie purchase of a 
gasoline motor generator lighting set. 

Voted: To adjourn. 

A true copy. Attest: HARLAiV E. TUTTLE. 



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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION HELD NOVEMBER 2, 1948 



K. — Republican S. L. — Socialist Labor D. — Democratic 
Pro. — Progressive P. — Prohibition 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Whole number of ballots cast 495 570 547 1612 

President and Vice-President 

Dewey and Warren, R 398 400 421 1219 

Teichert and Emery, S. L 11 — 2 

Wallace and Taylor, Pro 4 8 1 13 

Truman and Barkley, D 77 145 113 335 

Watson and Learn, P 2 — — 2 

Thomas 2 1—3 

Blanks 11 15 12 38 

Governor 

Robert F. Bradford, R 375 365 386 1126 

Paul A. Dever, D 109 198 151 458 

Horace L Hillis, S. L , 2 — ~ 2 

Mark R. Shaw, P __. _ 2 2 

Blanks 9 7 8 24 

Lieutenant Governor 

Arthur W^ Coolidge, R 394 396 419 1209 

Charles F. Jeff Sullivan, D 91 158 120 369 

Lawrence Gilfedder, S. L 1 — — 1 

Guy S. Williams, P _ _ 2 2 

Blanks 9 16 6 31 

Secretary 

Frederick W; Cook, R 425 427 454 1306 

Edward J. Cronin, D 56 123 85 264 

Gote E, Palmquist, S. L 2 — — 2 

Blanks 12 20 8 40 

Treasurer 

Laurence Curtis, R 408 408 422 1238 

John E. Hurley, D 73 142 109 324 



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Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 



Harold J. Ireland, P _ 2 1 3 

Malcolm T. Rowe, S. L 2 1—3 

Blanks 12 17 15 44 

Auditor 

Thomas J. Buckley, D 98 179 157 434 

Russell A. Wood, R 380 367 370 1117 

Robert A. Simmons, P — 2 2 4 

Francis A. Votano, S. L 1 — — 1 

Blanks 16 22 18 56 

Attorney General 

Clarence A. Barnes, R 410 400 420 1230 

Francis E. Kelly, D 68 149 108 325 

Anthony Martin, S. L 2—24 

Blanks 15 21 17 53 

Senator in Congress 

Leverett Saltonstall, R 423 431 451 1305 

John I. Fitzgerald, D 63 126 89 278 

Henning A. Blomen, S. L 3 2 — 5 

E. Tallmadge Root, P _ _ _ _ 

Blanks 6 11 7 24 

Congressman 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 460 517 511 1488 

Blanks 35 53 36 124 

Councillor 

Otis M. Whitney, R 412 422 433 1267 

Donald B. Falvey, Jr., D 64 120 91 275 

Blanks 19 28 23 70 

Senator 

Richard I. Furbush, R 444 462 182 1388 

Blanks 51 108 65 224 

Representative in General Court 

Edward J. DeSaulnier, Jr., R 386 382 403 1171 

Daniel J. Hart, D 87 146 110 343 

Blanks 22 42 34 98 



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Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Register of Probate and Insolvency 

LoYing P. Jordan, Pv 410 397 425 1232 

John J. Butler, D 63 116 94 273 

Blanks 22 57 28 107 

County Commissioners 

William G. Andrew, R 396 376 401 1173 

Edwin 0. Childs, Pv 311 301 316 928 

James A. Cullen, D 74 136 112 322 

Blanks 209 327 265 801 

County Treasurer 

Charles P. Howard, R 439 458 481 1378 

Blanks 56 112 66 234 

Sheriff 

Louis E. Boutwell, R 416 407 433 1256 

Patrick J. Brennan, D 66 123 92 281 

Blanks 13 40 22 75 

Question No. 1 

Do you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the 
constitution summarized below which was approved by the 
General Court in a joint session of the two branches held June 
28, 1945, received 227 votes in the affirmative and in the 
negative, and in a joint session of the two branches held June 
9, 1947, received 232 votes in the affirmative and 8 in the nega- 
tive? 

SUMMARY 

This proposed amendment to the Constitution adds to the 
declaration of the rights of the inhabitants, as now set forth 
in the Constitution, the following: 'The right of free speech 
shall not be abridged." 

Pet. 1 

Yes 393 

No 30 

Blanks 72 



Pet. 2 


Pet. 3 


Total 


373 


399 


1165 


51 


46 


127 


146 


102 


320 



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Question No. 2 

Do you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the 
constitution summarized below which was approved by the 
General Court in a joint session of the two branches held June 
6, 1946, received 220 votes in the affirmative and 28 in the 
negative, and in a joint session of the two branches held June 
9, 1947, received 228 votes in the affirmative and 5 in the 
negative ? 

SUMMARY 

This proposed amendment to the Constitution provides that 
the use of revenue from fees, duties, excises or license taxes 
relating to the registration, operation or use of vehicles on 
public highways or to fuels used for propelling such vehicles, 
except revenue from any excise tax imposed for the privilege 
of registering such vehicles in lieu of local property taxes, 
shall be for highway purposes only. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 400 388 411 1199 

No 30 44 54 128 

Blanks 65 138 82 285 

Question 3 

Do you approve of the adoption of an amendment to the 
constitution summarized below which was approved by the 
General Court in a joint session of the two branches held June 
6, 1946, received 243 votes in the affirmative and in the nega- 
tive, and in a joint session of the two branches held June 3, 
1948, received 231 votes in the affirmative and 9 in the nega- 
tive? 

SUMMARY 

This is an amendment of Article XVII of the Amendments 
to the Constitution. It provides that in case of a failure to 
elect the secretary, treasurer and receiver general, auditor or 
attorney general of the Commonwealth, or in case of the 
death of a person elected to any of such offices between the 
day of election and the third Wednesday of the following Jan- 
uary, such an officer shall be chosen by a joint ballot of the 



43 

senators and representatives from the people at large, instead 
of from the two persons who had the highest number of votes 
at the election as is now required. It also provides that if 
there is a vacancy in any of such offices during a session of the 
Legislature the vacancy shall be filled in like manner by choice 
from the people at large, but if the vacancy occurs at any 
other time it shall be filled by appointment by the Governor, 
with the advice and consent of the Council 



Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet 3 Total 



378 


330 

57 
183 


377 

55 

115 


1085 


28 


140 


89 


387 


Question No. 4 





Yes 

No 

Blanks 



Do you approve of a law summarized below which was dis- 
approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 84 in 
the affirmative and 130 in the negative and in the 'Senate by a 
vote of 15 in the affirmative and 22 in the negative? 

SUMMARY 

This measure by amending General Laws (Ter. Ed.), Chapter 
272 Section 21 provides that the provisions of Sections 20 and 
21 of said Chapter 272 which make it an offense to advertise 
or give information as to the procurement of means for the 
prevention of pregnancy or conception shall not apply to treat- 
ment or prescription given to married women by registered 
physicians for protection of fife or health. 



Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 



Yes 

No 

Blanks 



Do you approve of a law summarized below which was disai> 
proved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 5 in the 
affirmative and 203 in the negative and in the Senate by a vote 
of in the affirmative and 36 in the neofative ? 



318 


268 
201 
101 


296 

188 

63 


882 


126 


515 


51 


215 


Question No. 5 





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SUMMARY 

This measure prohibits the denial of the opportunity to ob- 
tain or retain employment because of membership or non- 
membership in a labor organization and prohibits agreements 
which exclude any person from employment because of mem- 
bership or non-membership in a labor organization. Violation 
of the provisions of the measure is made an offense punishable 
by fine or imprisonment or both. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 231 191 237 659 

No 198 279 232 709 

Blanks 66 100 78 244 

Question No. 6 

Do you approve of a law summarized below which was disap- 
proved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 82 in the 
affirmative and 126 in the negative and in the Senate by a vote 
of 13 in the affirmative and 20 in the negative? 

SUMMARY 

This measure requires that elections of officers of labor or- 
ganizations shall be held at least annually. Sixty days' notice 
of a regular election and twenty days' notice of an election to 
fill one or more vacancies are required to be given by public 
announcement at a regular meeting, by notice in writing to 
each member, or in any other adequate manner. Candidates 
to be voted for must be nominated by a paper signed by ten 
members filed at least thirty days before a regular election 
and at least ten days before an election to fill a vacancy. 

The voting at such an election must be by secret written or 
printed ballot. Watchers appointed by nominating members 
and by union officers may be present during the voting and 
counting of ballots. 

Coercion and intimidation of members in connection with an 
election is prohibited, and violations of the provisions of the 
measure are made punishable by a fine of not less than tw^enty- 
five dollars nor more than tw^o hundred dollars or by imprison- 
ment foi- not move than thirty days or both. 



45 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 268 227 294 789 

No 159 249 172 580 

Blanks 68 94 81 243 

Question No. 7 

Do you approve of a law summarized below which was disap- 
proved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 95 in the 
affirmative and 110 in the negative and in the Senate by a vote 
of 14 in the affirmative and 18 in the negative? 

SUMMARY 

This measure prohibits the calling of a strike by a labor 
organization in any business or plant or unit thereof, except 
when authorized by the vote of the majority of all the mem- 
bers of the organization employed in the business, plant or unit 
thereof. Such authorization is to be expressed by a secret 
written or printed ballot at a meeting called for that purpose. 

The Labor Relations Commission is authorized to make rules 
for the conduct of the voting. Within twenty-four hours after 
the voting the labor organization conducting it shall make a 
written report of the result to the commission, which shall be 
a permanent public record. If no report is filed the vote taken 
shall be void and a person making a false report shall be guilty 
of perjury. 

Coercion and intimidation of members of a labor organiza- 
tion in connection with such voting is made a penal offense. 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 271 223 292 786 

No 157 248 173 578 

Blanks 67 99 82 248 

Question No. 8 

Is it desirable that the proposed amendment to the Consti- 
tution of the United States, — 

ARTICLE — 

'' SECTION 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the 
President more than twice, and no person who has held the 



46 

office of President, or acted as President for more than two 
years of a term to which some other person was elected Presi- 
dent shall be elected to the office of the President more than 
once. But this Article shall not apply to any person holding 
the office of President when this Article was proposed by the 
Congress, and shall not prevent any person who may be holding 
the office of President, or acting as President, during the term, 
within which this Article becomes operative from holding the 
office of President or acting as President during the remainder 
of such term. 

" SECTION 2. This article shall b inoperative unless it shall 
have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the 
legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven 
years from the date of its submission to the States by the 
Congress," — be ratified by the general court? 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 328 320 330 978 

No 82 94 106 282 

Blanks 85 156 111 352 



Question No. 9 

A. Shall licenses be granted in this city (or town) for 
the sale therein of all alcoholic beverages (whisky, rum, gin, 
malt beverages, wines and all other alcoholic beverages) ? 

Pet. 1 

Yes 174 

No 257 

Blanks 64 

B. Shall licenses be granted in this city (or town) for the 
sale therein of wines and malt beverages (wines and beer, ale 
and all other malt beverages) ? 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 177 280 197 654 

No ; 246 175 255 676 

Blanks 72 115 95 282 



»ct. 2 


Pet. 3 


Total 


219 


187 


580 


233 


273 


763 


118 


87 


269 



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C. Shall licenses be granted in this city (or town) for the 
sale therein of all alcoholic beverages in packages, so called, 
not to be drunk on the premises? 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 

Yes 295 317 340 952 

No 165 154 149 468 

Blanks .* 35 99 58 192 



iS 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



BIRTHS 

Whole number recorded 6S 

Bom in Acton Mixed parentage 5 

Males 29 Native parentage 63 

Females 39 Foreign parentage 



MARRIAGES 

Whole number recorded 83 

Residents of Acton 38 Residents of other places 28 

DEATHS 

Whole number recorded 45 

Residents of Acton 43 Residents of other places 2 

Occurring in Acton 28 Occurring in other places 17 

Averas-e as^e 704- 



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DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1948 



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Name 


Yrs. 


Mos. 


Dys. 


June 


28 


Allsopp, Ernest Edward 


55 


1 


27 


Oct. 


18 


Beach, Lizzie Amelia 


63 


1 


7 


June 


11 


Billings, Mary A. (Griffin) 


86 


9 


17 


Feb. 


9 


Bogart, Jackson Hammond 


61 


2 


9 


Jan. 


17 


Carr, Charles W. 


89 


3 





Feb. 


27 


Christian, Bridget Ann 


71 








Feb. 


10 


Clapp, Harold E. 


57 


11 


16 


Jan. 


13 


Coles, Florence I. (Hopkins) 


74 


3 


18 


Oct. 


27 


Fannon, Henry Edward 


56 


2 


6 


July 


4 


Foster, Thomas Henry 


81 


4 


2 


Jan. 


2 


Flint, William Alfred 


88 


9 


5 


July 


21 


French, James H. 


67 


11 


9 


Sept. 


2 


Frost, Sherman W., Jr. 


39 


7 


15 


Jan. 


8 


Gallagher, George M. 


68 


11 


15 


Apr. 


18 


Geer, Joseph Tyler 


82 


6 


13 


Nov. 


26 


Hansen, Henry Alfred 


70 


9 





Nov. 


22 


Harris, Hattie B. 


78 


7 


12 


Sept. 


22 


Hayes, William 


72 





13 


Mar. 


30 


Hines, Wallace 


58 








Apr. 


11 


Hutchinson, Elizabeth 


43 


4 


9 


Apr. 


1 


Kinsman, Grover C. 


45 


1 


21 


Feb. 


24 


Knight, Charles J. 


87 


10 


28 


June 


13 


Lawton, Edward H. 


60 








Oct. 


8 


Leighton, Charles H. 


72 


10 


29 


Oct. 


6 


Moulton, Susie A. 


85 


2 


10 


Feb. 


9 


Murphy, George E. 


79 








July 


12 


Olsen, Helmer 


78 


3 


25 


Oct. 


3 


O'Neil, Catherine F. 


69 





14 


Oct. 


8 


Ornburg, Rudolph 


75 


11 


29 


May 


31 


Pellett, Maude E. 


75 


4 


27 


Apr. 


13 


Putnam, Frank Wendell 


73 


8 


4 


Apr. 


9 


Robertson, Mysie 


70 








Jan. 


4 


Roome, Arthur Davis 


70 


6 


19 


Mar. 


8 


Schofield, Hattie J. (Faulkner) 


87 


6 




Jan. 


19 


Shea, Mary L. 


75 


1 


12 


Apr. 


30 


Spencer, Mabel Bess (Larkin) 


69 


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5 



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Mar. 


22 


Ware, Charlotte M. 


91 


5 


6 


Apr. 


14 


Whitcomb, Frances 


32 


10 


29 


Sept. 


13 


White, Eugene 


80 


5 


22 


Sept. 


7 


Widtfeldt, Charles L. 


66 


8 


6 


July 


16 


Winchester, Rossie (Reed) 


86 


7 


9 



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61 



NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire 
March 31, 1949. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers 
thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 



62 



List of Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1948 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Frederick Tuttle 
Raymond L. Hatch 
Frank Greenoagh 
F. Wendell Putnam, Jr. 
Mrs. F. W. Putnam, Sr. 
Lowell H. Cram 
Mary H. Lothrop 
Ingeborg Pederson 
Robert M. Bowen 
Robert M. Bowen 
Robert A. McAdoo 
William P. Cameron 
Robert Rhodes 
Gertrude Stiles 
Mrs. J. A. Dingee 
D. F. Hogan 
A. Perry Marble 
George Roe 
Edwin Christofferson 
George A. Rifford 
Fred S. Kennedy 
C. J. Kneel and 
Mildred Pope Moore 
Mildred Pope Moore 
Gardner C. Ferguson 
William B. McCrudden 
Allen Christofferson, Jr. 
John T. McNiff 
Kenneth S. Harvey 
Benjamin Rice 
Edwin A. Hall 
Edwin A. Hall 
Louis G. McGIone 
Roger Mason 
Charles MacPherson 
Percy H. Hutchinson 



1 


Albert N. Nickerson 


37 


2 


George W. Turnbull 


38 


3 


Thomas W. Cole 


39 


4 


Thomas W. Cole 


40 


5 


Norman Garthe 


41 


6 


John J. Crighton 


42 


7 


John J. Crighton 


43 


8 


Benjamin J. Tneson 


44 


9 


Carrie F. Wells 


45 


10 


James S. Goodwin 


46 


11 


James S. Goodwin 


47 


12 


Ralph Prescott 


48 


13 


Hazel Hughes 


49 


14 


Arthur Decker 


50 


15 


Marilyn Clark 


51 


16 


Steve Peterson 


52 


17 


Harold White 


53 


18 


Lillian Frost 


54 


19 


William P. Frost 


55 


20 


Paul Richardson 


56 


21 


Benjamin Smalley 


57 


22 


Benjamin Smalley 


58 


23 


Arthur Conquest 


59 


24 


Jennie M. McClure 


60 


25 


Lucretia Conheeney 


61 


26 


George W. Loggie 


62 


27 


Oliva Eilertsen 


63 


28 


Clara Sawyer 


64 


29 


Jane A. Bolter 


65 


30 


Warren F. Blaisdell 


66 


31 


Cecile Coles 


67 


32 


Arthur R. Lowden 


68 


33 


A. Hazeltine Perkins 


69 


34 


Norman Mcintosh 


70 


35 


Norman Mcintosh 


71 


36 


Orson K. Miller 


72 



63 



Owner Tag No. 

John E. Lehto 73 

Franklin D. Shores 74 

Walter N. Stevenson 75 

Joan Christofferson 76 

Paul A. Coughlin 77 

John A. Brooks 78 

Joseph Lemoine 79 

Elmer Hill 80 

Doris M. Penney 81 

Wilmer Laffin 82 

John F. Cannessa 83 

Edward L. Forbes 84 

Edward L. Forbes 85 

John E. Moore, Jr. 86 

Walter M. Ballard 87 

Thomas Motley, 2nd 88 

Joyce Ryan 89 

Peter E. Ryan 90 

Cleon Phelps 91 

John Torkelsen 92 

Norman Hollowell 93 

Wiliam Tillson 94 

H. J. Schnair 95 

Lawrence Donnelly 96 

Paavo J. Erkkinen 97 

Barbara Allen 98 

Allie Hall 99 

Mary Dubee 100 

Harold Y. Banquer 101 

John M. Pettingell 102 

Burton J. Jones 103 

Arthur Jalonen 104 

John LaTulippe 105 

John LaTulippe 106 

Alice LaTulippe 107 

Edwin M. Anderson 108 

Winthrop C. Richmond 109 

Rudolph Ornberg no 

Olivia Connor 111 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Robert A. Reid, 3rd 112 

John W. Charter 113 

Frederic W. Hopkins 114 

Frederic W. Hopkins 115 

Frederic W. Hopkins 116 

Charles J. Farley 117 

Charles J. Farley 118 

Kay Graham 119 

Everett Maynes 120 

Edward J, Higgins 121 

Walter C. Williams 122 

John J. Onslow 123 

Florence Rooney 124 

Robert Farquhai- 125 

Stuart Farquhar 126 

John L. Fletcher 127 

Harold Nicola 128 

Joseph Curtis 129 

Forrest E. Bean 130 

Hazel G. Blanch ard 131 

Harry Snyer 132 

John J. Downey 133 

Hugh Hodgen 134 

Margaret Sexton 135 

Ralph Phalon 136 

Noe J. Richards 137 

Thomas V. Smith 138 

Libby Mauro 139 

Medville L. Clark 140 

Marion F. Hayes 140 

Clare Garceau 141 

Mary Charter 142 

James Farrar 143 

Paul Cornwall 144 

Antonia Benere 145 

Otis J. Reed 146 

Irving S. Duren, Jr. 147 

Mary H. Croft 148 

Safford Sweatt 149 



64 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Richard K. Stuart 


150 


William J. Durkin 


188 


Ruth Foster 


151 


Walter Liebfried 


189 


Dr. Paul Gates 


152 


John F. Coughlin 


190 


Rita Curtin 


153 


Joseph E. Kelley 


191 


Hilda Anderson 


154 


Beverly Gallagher 


192 


Herbert L. Leusher 


155 


J. Henry Engman 


193 


Richard Sisson 


156 


Helen Bacher 


194 


Leonard Godfrey, Jr. 


157 


Ethel C. Bobbins 


195 


M. A. Thompson 


158 


Stuart A. Beach 


196 


Glenna Wise 


159 


Florence Watkins 


197 


Frank E. Balsor 


160 


Ralph F. Littlefield 


198 


C. C. Cullinane 


161 


Ralph F. Littlefield 


199 


Fred Richards 


162 


William Reynolds 


200 


Rachel Haynes 


163 


George W. Mortimer 


201 


Albert L. Haynes 


164 


Leo McCarthy 


203 


Eileen Rolfe 


165 


William L. Cobleigh, Jr 


.204 


David F. Penney 


166 


Dr. Donnell Boardman 


205 


Harry Fannon 


167 


Herman F. Pfeiffer 


206 


Lucille Cunningham 


168 


Alfred Birch 


207 


Robert Young 


169 


L. H. Campbell 


208 


Kenneth Jewell 


170 


Mrs. Jean Drury 


209 


Frank F. Kleinf elder 


171 


Edmund J. McNiif 


210 


Howard M. Dowd 


172 


Margaret Larrabee 


211 


Howard M. Dowd 


173 


Gordon A. Crook 


212 


Frank L Averett 


174 


Mildred Gallant 


213 


Alden C. Flagg 


175 


John H. Watkins 


214 


Ralph Parsons 


176 


Thomas Harris 


215 


Stanley Veasie 


177 


Howard J. Billings 


216 


William S. Jones 


178 


Eleanor Anderson 


217 


Nancy and Bernard 




W. W. Smith 


218 


Caouette 


179 


Charles D. Manter 


219 


Burton H. Wayne 


180 


Fred Heyliger 


220 


Curtis Briggs 


181 


E. W. Denton 


221 


James Gates 


182 


Donald MacPhee 


222 


Orla Nichols 


183 


John Murray 


223 


David Nichols 


184 


George Horton 


224 


Modesto Simeone 


185 


H. Stuart MacGregor 


225 


David Lawson 


186 


Joseph Perry 


226 


L. H. Lewis 


187 


Tony Perry 


227 



65 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Henry Teele 


228 


Theresa MacDonald 


266 


Chester Jordan, Jr. 


229 


Russell Berry 


267 


John B. Fallon 


230 


F. Roy MacKinnon 


268 


Mrs. John A. Kelley 


231 


Richard Peterson 


289 


Ralph I. Smith 


232 


Charles K. Lawton 


270 


William Kazokas 


232 


Ernest Simpson 


271 


Clinton S. Curtis 


233 


Paul W. Saine 


272 


Clinton S. Curtis 


234 


James Murgatroyd 


273 


Malcolm Fullonton 


235 


Charles E. Foley 


274 


E. C. Johnson 


236 


Charles E. Foley 


276 


Clifford Armstrong 


237 


Dr. W. F. Davis 


276 


Clifford Armstrong 


238 


Herbert Pratt 


277 


Clifford Armstrong 


239 


Philip Rimbach 


278 


Charles H. Liebfried 


240 


Leonard Colweil 


279 


Norman Livermore 


241 


J. Eugene McKercher 


280 


Norman Livermore 


242 


Henry Hickey 


281 


Fred Ratta 


243 


Arnold E. Davis 


282 


William Meppen 


244 


Arnold E. Davis 


283 


Priscilla Harper 


245 


Arthur E. Davis 


284 


Priscilla Harper 


246 


Arthur E. Davis 


285 


Roland 0. Livermore 


247 


Albert W. Marsh 


286 


Paul D. Barnicle 


248 


Charles E. Bartlett 


287 


Philip G. Shearman 


249 


Ethel L. Todd 


288 


Philip G. Shearman 


250 


Ethel L. Todd 


289 


Alfred Rainha 


251 


Ethel L. Todd 


290 


Ormal S. LafRn 


252 


Richard Flint 


291 


Fraser Laffin 


253 


James Dubee 


292 


Edwin A. Anderson 


254 


Robert E. Woodbine 


293 


William D. Tuttle 


255 


Benjamin Bancroft 


294 


Raymond C. Stinson 


256 


Clesson Bancroft 


295 


Earl G. Morris 


257 


John Duggan 


296 


Margaret Hickey 


258 


Mrs. Benjamin Plume 


297 


Eva Hampson 


259 


James J. Mullen 


298 


Carl Flint 


260 


Howard Staples 


299 


Nathalie Phillips 


261 


Francis Roche 


300 


William Turner 


262 


Peter Olsen 


301 


Richard Nichols 


263 


Hermann Gatchell 


302 


Daniel Flanagan 


264 


Benjamin A. Kijig 


303 


Harold Merry 


265 


Jean Davis 


304 



66 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Roberta Davis 


305 


William McNulty 


339 


Francis Rahberg 


306 


Bradford Leach 


340 


Mrs. Nathalie Phillips 


307 


John C. Howard 


341 


William Henry Soar 


308 


John E. Murphy 


342 


Arthur Reynolds 


309 


Paul K. Aldred 


343 


Alan Pederson 


310 


Clifford A. Schofield 


344 


Rosemarie DiDiica 


311 


Daniel Sweeney 


345 


Harold Pellett 


312 


Thomas F. Kiley 


346 


Mrs. Anna Reill 


313 


James H. Wilson 


347 


Ernst A. Knippel 


314 


James Baker 


348 


John Duston 


315 


Mrs. Lillian Curley 


349 


John T. Sleeper 


316 


Alfred G. Gilbert, Jr. 


350 


Richard O'Neil 


317 


Archie Morrison 


351 


Richard P. Bursa w 


318 


J. Harry Conquest 


352 


Orwald Kienow 


319 


Frank G. Justice 


353 


Harrington Moore, Jr. 


320 


Martin Holland 


354 


Albert W. Wunderly 


321 


Mareta Anderson 


355 


Alice G. LaTulippe 


322 


Karen Anderson 


356 


Donald P. Severance 


323 


Charles MacRae 


357 


Helen A. Knowlton 


324 


John Fisher 


358 


Pauline Bursaw 


325 


Roger Crafts 


359 


James Espie 


326 


Paul Post 


360 


Mrs. H. F. O'Rourke 


327 


Elwin Hollowell 


361 


Philip Newell 


328 


Robert Darling 


362 


Donald M. Streeter 


329 


Clinton S. Curtis 


363 


John F. Hurley 


330 


Sina Waterhouse 


364 


George Shomphe 


331 


Jane Morrison 


365 


Louis A. Flerra 


332 


John Enneguess 


366 


Alden Flagg, Sr. 


333 


Kennels 




Gordon Shaw 


334 


Sherman Frost 


xlOO 


John Waluk 


335 


Albert Gravlin 


xlOl 


Charles Briggs 


336 


Cecil Balcom 


xl02 


John Stevens 


337 


Edith V. Davis 


xl03 


George Lamont 


338 


Eraser Kennels 


xl04 



67 

304 licenses at ?2.00 $608.00 

64 licenses at $5.00 320.00 

1 license at $50.00 50.00 

4 licenses at $25.00 100.00 



$1,078.00 
Deduct fees 373 licenses at 20c 74.60 



Paid to Town Treasurer $1,003.40 



68 
REVISED JURY LIST — 1948 



Precinct I 

John M. Whittier, 582 Main St.— clerk 

W. Arthur Rayner, 107 Great Rd. — retired 

Simon D. Taylor, 852 Main St.— clerk 

E. Everett Putnam, 3 Maple Ave. — landscape gardener 

Frederic W. Rimbach, 420 Main St. — machinist 

Henry A. Johnson, 502 Main St. — mechanic 

Charles E. Bartlett, 69 Great Rd. — store proprietor 

George E. Horton, 512 Main St. — wood business 

Alden C. Flagg, Jr., 15 Newtown Rd. — wool business 

Emerick P. Gates, 452 Main St. — blacksmith 

Precinct II 

Herbert W. Merriam, 61 Maple St. — superintendent 
Laurence A. Winslow, 187 Main St. — machinist 
Alfred M. Olsen, 28 Laws Brook Rd. — farmer 
Harold F. Nordberg, 62 Main St. — auditor 
Lloyd W. Priest, 31 Central St. — carpenter 
David Clayton, 94 Main St. — pressman 
Millard J. Landry, 49 Maple St. — machinist 
Edwin H. Christofferson, 267 School St. — farmer- 
Emery D. Nelson, 18 Parker St. — farmer 
Medville L. Clark, 246 School St.— banker 

Precinct III 

Ernest E. Allsopp, 88 Summer St. — meat inspector 
Homer C. Feltus, 160 Central St. — setup man 
Edward L. Pendergast, 76 Willow St. — clerk 
Leland H. Campbell, 217 Central St. — tel. operator 
Franklin H. Charter, 596 Mass. Ave. — tree surgeon 
Philip W. Goldthwaite, 15 Windsor Ave. — office worker 
Frederick A. Harris, 15 Church St. — granite worker 
A. Perry Marble, 145 Central St. — poultryman 
James W. Baker, 432 Mass. Ave. — oil delivery 
George F. Tuttle, 274 Central St. — laboratory technician 



L 



69 
REPORT OF AUDIT OF BOOKS AND ACCOUNTS 

February 8, 1949 

To the Board of Selectmen 

Mr. George S. Braman, Chairman 

Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

1 submit herewith my report of an audit of the books and 
accounts of the town of Acton for the period from November 
9, 1947 to November 4, 1948, made in accordance with the 
provisions of Chapter 44, General Laws. This is in the form 
of a report made to me by Mr. Herman B. Dine, Assistant 
Director of Accounts. 

Very truly yours, 

FRANCIS X. LANG, 

Director of Accounts. 



Mr. Francis X. Lang- 
Director of Accounts 

Department of Corporations and Taxation 
State House, Boston 
Sir: 

As directed by you, 1 have made an audit of the books and 
accounts of the town of Acton for the period from November 
9, 1947, the date of the previous examination, to November 4, 
1948, and report thereon as follows: 

The financial transactions, as recorded on the books of the 
several departments receiving- or disbursing money for the 
town or committing bills for collection, were examined, 
checked, and verified by comparison with the records of the 
town accountant and the town treasurer. 

The books and accounts of the town accountant were exam- 
ined. The receipts, as recorded, were checked with the treas- 
urer's books and with the records of the several departments 
collecting money for the town, while the payments were 



70 

checked with the treasury warrants and with the books of the 
treasurer. 

The appropriations as listed from the town clerk's records 
of town meetings, as well as the transfers from the reserve 
fund authorized by the finance committee, were checked to 
the town accountant's ledger. 

The ledger accounts were analyzed for the period covered 
by the audit, and a balance sheet which is appended to this 
report, was prepared showing the financial condition of the 
town as of November 4, 1948. 

In connection with the overdrawn accounts as shown in the 
balance sheet, attention is called to the provisions of Sec- 
tion 31, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

The books of the town treasurer were examined and checked. 
The receipts, as recorded, were compared with the records of 
the several departments collecting money for the town and 
with the other sources from which money was paid into the 
town treasury, while the payments were checked with the 
warrants of the selectmen, authorizing the disbursement of 
town funds. The cash balance on November 4, 1948 was 
proved by reconciliation of the bank balances with statements 
furnished by the banks of deposit. 

The payments of maturing debt and interest were proved 
with the amounts falling due and with the cancelled note and 
coupons on file. 

The records of tax titles and tax possessions held by the 
town were examined and checked. The additions to the tax 
title account were compared with the tax collector's records, 
the tax titles redeemed were checked with the receipts as re- 
corded on the treasurer's cash book, and the tax titles and tax 
possessions on hand were listed and compared with the records 
in the Registry of Deeds. 

The securities and savings bank books representing trust 
fund investments in the custody of the town treasurer and 
the trustees of the Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund were examined 
and listed. The transfers to the town were vertified, the income 
was proved, and other reported transactions were found to be 
correct. 



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In connection with the amounts shown on the balance sheet, 
as due from trust funds, it is recommended that withdrawals 
of income be made by the treasurer before bills chargeable to 
such income are paid. 

The books and accounts of the tax collector were examined 
and checked. The poll, personal property, and real estate taxes, 
as well as motor vehicle and trailer excise, outstanding at the 
time of the previous examination and all subsequent commit- 
ments were audited and reconciled with the assessors' war- 
rants. The payments to the treasurer were checked to the treas- 
urer's cash book, the recorded abatements were compared with 
the assessors' record of abatements granted, the transfers to 
the tax title account were checked with the treasurer's records 
of tax titles held by the town, and the outstanding accounts 
were listed and reconciled with the respective controlling ac- 
counts in the accountant's ledger. 

Verification of the outstanding tax and excise accounts was 
made by mailing notices to a number of persons whose names 
appeared on the books as owing money to the town, the replies 
received thereto indicating that the accounts, as listed, are 
correct. 

The departmental accounts receivable were audited. The 
charges were proved, the payments to the treasurer were 
checked with the treasurer's receipts, and the outstanding ac- 
counts were listed and proved. 

The town clerk's records of dog and sporting licenses issued 
were examined and checked, the payments to the State being 
verified by comparison with the receipts on file and the pay- 
ments to the town treasurer being checked to the treasurer's 
cash book. 

The surety bonds furnished by the several town oflficials for 
the faithful performance of their duties were examined and 
found to be in proper form. 

The records of receipts of the selectmen and the sealer of 
weights and measures, of the school and cemetery departments, 
as well as of all other departments in which money was col- 
lected for the town, were examined, checked, and reconciled 
with the treasurer's and the accountant's books. 



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Appended to this report, in addition to the balance sheet, 
are tables showing a reconciliation of the treasurer's and col- 
lector's cash, summaries of the tax, excise, tax title, tax pos- 
session, and departmental accounts, as well as tables showing 
the condition and transactions of the trust funds. 

While engaged in making the audit, co-operation was re- 
ceived from all town officials, for which, on behalf of my as- 
sistants and for myself, I wish to express appreciation. 

Resi^ectfully submitted, 

HERMAN B. DINE, 

Assistant Director of Accounts. 



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RECONaLIATION OF TREASURER'S CASH 

Balance November 9, 1947 $120,841.51 

Receipts November 9 to December 31, 
1947 50,751.09 

$171,592.60 

Payments November 9 to December 31, 

1947, per warrants $61,922.93 

Balance December 31, 1947 109,669.67 

$171,592.60 



Balance January 1, 1948 $109,669.67 

Receipts January 1 to November 4, 1948 267,520.53 

Audit adjustment: 
Warrants reported in excess 11.11 

— —$377,201.31 

Payments January 1 to November 4, 

1948, per warrants $255,641,40 

Balance November 4, 1948: 
Clinton Trust Company of 

Clinton $50,567.68 

Middlesex County National 
Bank of Maynard 70,992.23 

— 121,559.91 

—$377,201.31 



Clinton Trust Company of Clinton 

Balance November 4, 1948, per state- 
ment $42,844.13 

Deposit in transit November 4, 1948, 
verified 7,723.55 

— — $50,567.68 

Balance November 4, 1948, per check 

register $50,567.68 



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Middlesex County National Bank of Maynard 

Balance November 4, 1948, per state- 
ment ?75,095.11 

Balance November 4, 1948, per check 

register ?70,992.23 

Outstanding checks November 4, 1948, 

per list 4,102.88 

?75,095.11 



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RECONCILIATION OF COLLECTOR'S CASH 

Cash balances November 4, 1948, per tables: 



Poll taxes 1947 


$30.00 


Personal property taxes 1947 


48.3e 


Real estate taxes 1947 


603.98 


Poll taxes 1948 


36.00 


Personal property taxes 1948 


12,873.74 


Real estate taxes 1948 


16,556.36 


Motor vehicle and trailer excise 1947 


52.97 


Motor vehicle and trailer excise 1948 


720.10 


Interest and costs 


31.66 




<P30 953 17 






Collector's overpajmient to treasurer 




to be refunded: 




Real estate taxes 1946 


S.20 



Cash balance November 4, 1948: 

Concord National Bank $19,452.27 

Cash in office, verified 11,472.36 



$30,924.6: 



Due from collector November 4, 1948 28.34 

$30,953.17 



Concord National Bank 

Balance November 4, 1948, per statement $32,528.42 

Balance November 4, 1948, per check 

book $19,452.27 

Outstanding checks November 4, 1948, 

per list 13,076.15 

$32,528.42 



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TOWN OF ACTON 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash |121,55».91 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1947: 

Poll $220.00 

Personal Property 1,478.70 

Real Estate , 8,532.07 

$10,236.77 

Levy of 1948: 

Poll $494.00 

Personal Property 16,136.00 

Real Estate 47,707.61 

64,337.61 



Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 

Levy of 1947 $370.52 

Levy of 1948 2,428.01 



74,;574,3S 



2,798.53; 



Tax Judgment: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise 502.62 



1,475.6:2 



Tax Titles $1,129 41 

Tax Possessions 346.21 

Depai'tniiental : 

Dog Officer $88.00 

Temporary Aid 887.19 

Old Age Assistance 339.52 

Veterans' Benefits 361.58 

School , 4.70 

Aid to Highways: 

State $13,408.69 

County 2,800.00 

Underestimates 1948: 

County Tax $484.88 

County Hospital Assessment , 355.91 

_^ 840.79 

Estimated Keceipts; to he Collected 10,115.22 



1,680:99 



16,208.69 



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Balance Sheet — November 4, 1948 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Payroll Deductions: 

Federal Taxes $62.10 

County Retirement Fund 132.69 

Blue Cross 26.45 



State Assessments 1948: 

Auditing Municipal Accounts $467.19 

Parks and Reservations 206.23 



$221.24 



673.42 



Tailings — Reserve for Unclaimed Checks 144,81 

Dog Licenses — Due County 253.20 

Collector's Overpayment to Treasurer: 

Real Estate Taxes 1946 .20 

Road Machinery Fund 3,362.93 

Sales of Cemetery Land Fund 1,505.35 

Trust Funds Income: 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund $75.00 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 6.25 

81.25 

Federal Grants: 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Administration $30.65 

Aid 375.40 

$406.05 

Old Age Assistance: 

Administration $609.34 

Assistance 25.91 

635.25 

1,041.30 

Unexpended Appropriation Balances 87,343.64 

Reserve Fund— Overlay Surplus 3,194.02 

Overlays Reserved for Abatement of Taxes: 

Levy of 1947 $2,715.50 

Levy of 1948 1,830.81 

4,546.31 



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Overlay Deficit: 

Levy of 1945 

Due from Trust Funds: 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund $69.00 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 446.21 

Susan Hosmer Cemetery Fund 363.86 

Overdrawn Accounts: 

Moth Department — Salaries and Wages $1.41 

Tree Warden Expenses 5.79 

Library Books 149.69 

Payment in Advance of Payroll Deductions: 
Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement Fund 



879.0' 



156.89 



$230,804.28 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 
Net Funded or Fixed Debt $9,000.00 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $213,858.38 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$217,323.92 



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Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise $2,798.53 

Tax Title and Tax Possession 1,475.62 

Departmental 1,680.99 

Aid to Highways 16,208.69 



Surplus Revenue: 

Current Year $174.00 

Prior Years 106,098.78 



22,163.83 



106,272.78 



$230,804.28 



DEBT ACCOUNTS 
Schoolhouse Addition Loan $9,000.00 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

In Custody of Town Treasurer: 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund $28,577.55 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 15,183.08 

Charlotte Conant School Fund 1,602.45 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 16,735.04 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 4,275.67 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 708.11 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 58,812.13 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 193.83 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,528.78 

Frank C. Hayward Cemetery Fund 1,016.70 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 84,489.63 

Henry L. Raymond Cemetery Monument Fund .. 735.41 

$213,858.38 

In Custody of Trustees: 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 



$217,323.92 



80 
ASSESSORS' REPORT — 1948 



Tax assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land $2,910,355.00 

Land 655,600.00 

Personal 538,930.00 

$4,104,885.00 

Valuation January 1, 1948 3,899,895.00 

Increase in valuation 204,990.00 

Rate of Taxation, $41.60 

Real Estate $148,343.73 

Personal Estate 22,419.49 

Polls 1,872.00 



$172,635.22 



Amount of money raised : 

State Parks Tax $206.23 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 467.19 

County Tax 7,084.12 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assessment 1,388.11 

Pension Fund 953.00 

Pension Fund Expense 42.00 

Town Grant 159,834.88 

Overlay 2,659.69 



Added Assessments : 

Polls $174.00 

Real Estate 183.04 

Personal Estate 1,483.04 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 
Number of Vehicles Assessed, 1410 



$172,635.22 



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Total Value of Motor Vehicles and 

Trailers $400,560.00 

Rate of Excise, $38.07 

Total Excise 13,428.08 

Added Excise of 1947 332.37 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
CARL C. FLINT, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 



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TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

1945 TOWN TAX 

LTncoIIected Januarys I, 1948 ,,.. ^ .01 

Paid Treasurer , , ..,. ,01 

1946 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected Janaary 1, 1948 $G,S03.78- 

Interest 446.09 

$6,749.8T 

Paid Treasurer , , ..,,,... , $6,723.07 

Tax Titles , 21,00 

$6,750.0T 
Adjustment , .20 

S6.749.8T 

1947 TOWN TAX 

tJnconected January I, 1948 $20,379.51 

Interest ,. 337.91 

$20,717.42 

Paid Treasurer i...... $14,262.64 

Abated 79.16 

Tax Titles 9.30 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 ,. 6,366.32 

S20,717.42 

1948 TOWN TAX 

Committed .........$148,526.79 

Interest 34.45 

$148,561.24 



Paid Treasurer $123,245.02 

Abated 894.36 

Tax Titles 249.60 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 24,172.26 



S148,561.24 



1946 PEKSONAL TAX 



Uncollected January 1, 1948 $972.54 

Interest ...., , , ,„,, 72.66 

$1,045.20 
Paid Treasurer .,,. ,,,,,. $1,045.20 

1947 PERSONAL TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1948 $2,828.32 

Interest ,„, ., , 38.30 

$2,866.62 

Paid Treasurer , , $1,597.73 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 .., ,,. 1,268.89 

$2,866.62 

1948 PEPwSONAL TAX 

Committed $23,902.51 

Interest ,,,,. 1.51 

$23,904.02 

Paid Treasurer .., ,..,,.., $19,551.84 

Abated 1,480.96 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 2,871.22 



$23,904.02 



1946 POLL TAX 



Uncollected January 1, 1948 $76.00 

Interest 4.08 



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Cost 7.35 

?87.43 

Paid Treasurer $67.43 

Abated 20.00 



$87.43 



1947 POLL TAX 



Uncollected January 1, 1948 $518.00 

Interest , 4.02 

Cost 16.45 

$536.47 

Paid Treasurer $206.47 

Abated 244.00 

Uncollected Januaiy 1, 1949 86.00 

S536.47 



1948 POLL TAX 

Committed $2,046.00 

Cost , 1.05 

$2,047.05 

Paid Treasurer $1,509.05 

Abated 222.00 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 316.00 

$2,047.05 



1946 EXCISE TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1948 , $202.56 

Interest 15.58 

$218.14 



8;" 



Paid Treasurer ?167.16 

Abated 50.98 



$218.14 



1947 EXCISE TAX 



Uncollected January 1, 1948 $1,520.07 

Committed 332.37 

Interest 23.87 

$1,876.31 

Paid Treasurer $1,385.23 

Abated 202.36 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 288.72 



$1,876.31 



1948 EXCISE TAX 



Committed $13,428.08 

Interest 6.42 

$13,434.50 

Paid Treasurer $11,158.50 

Abated 250.95 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 2,025.05 

$13,434.50 



SUMMARY OF COLLECTOR'S REPORT 

Total Debits 

1945 Town Tax $ .01 

1946 Town Tax 6,749.87 

1947 Town Tax 20,717.42 

1948 Town Tax 148,561.24 

1946 Personal Tax 1,045.20 

1947 Personal Tax 2,866.62 

1948 Personal Tax 23,904.02 



1946 Poll Tax 87.43 

1947 Poll Tax 536.47 

1948 Poll Tax 2,047.05 

1946 Excise Tax 218.14 

1947 Excise Tax 1,876.31 

1948 Excise Tax 13,434.50 



$222,044.28 



Total Credits 

Paid Treasurer $180,919.15 

Abatements 3,444.77 

Tax Titles 285.90 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 37,395.46 



$222,044.28 



CARRIE M. DURKEE, 

Collector of Taxes. 



REPORT OF PLAYGROUND SITE COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Several sites of land in Precinct Three have been carefully 
considered as possibilities for the location of a playground; 
but, due to legal difficulties, the need for further consideration 
of other sites, and lack of funds, no final solution has been 
reached at this time; and your Committee, therefore, recom- 
mends that the Selectmen appoint a committee of three to 
continue study of the playground needs and to make recom- 
mendations thereon. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EVERETT PUTNA]\I, 

Chairman. 



87 

TREASURER'S REPORT 

For the Year Ending December 31, 1948 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1948 : 

Cash Balance January 1, 1948 $109,669.67 

Receipts for 1948: 

Received from State Treasurer 

Highways, Chapter 90 $14,004.42 

Highways 22,961.68 

Corporation Taxes, Business 20,125.60 

Meal Tax 1,182.74 

Income Tax 20,424.40 

Old Age Assistance 17,920.35 

Old Age Assistance, Federal 19,633.32 

Aid Dependent Children 773.56 

Aid Dependent Children, Federal 635.12 

Veterans' Services 1,085.83 

Loss on Taxes 662.42 

Public Health 260.71 

Vocational Education 106.20 

Tuition 236.91 

• 120,013.26 

Received from County Treasurer 

Dog Refund $762.22 

Highways 4,264.50 

Brooks Street 1,035.36 

6,062.08 

Received from Carrie M. Durkee, 
Collector of Taxes 

Real Estate, 1945 .01 

Poll Taxes, 1946 56.00 

Excise Taxes, 1946 151.58 

Personal Taxes, 1946 972.54 



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Real Estate Taxes, 1946 6,276.98 

Poll Taxes, 1947 186.00 

Excise Taxes, 1947 1,363.42 

Personal Taxes, 1947 1,559.43 

Real Estate Taxes, 1947 13,924.73 

Poll Taxes, 1948 1,508.00 

Excise Taxes, 1948 11,152.08 

Personal Taxes, 1948 19,550.33 

Real Estate Taxes, 1948 123,210.57 

Costs 24.85 

Interest 982.83 



Miscellaneous Receipts 

Dewey's Market, License 400.00 

Village Package Store, License 400.00 

Board of Selectmen, Licenses 84.00 

Board of Selectmen, Miscellaneous 9.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Income .... 1,662.26 

Cemetery Fund, Income 1,008.91 

Elizabeth White Fund, Income 502.80 

Memorial Library Fund, Income 245.06 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund, Income 288.96 

Frank C. Hay ward Fund, Income 16.66 

Acton Firemen Relief Fund, Salaries .... 265.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund, Income 33.06 

Acton High School Library, Income 22.50 

Georgia E. Whitney Cem., Income 30.00 

Town of Acton, County Retirement 1,793,22 

Town of Acton, Withholding Taxes 9,084.47 

Town of Acton, Teacher's Retirement .. 2,646.60 

Town of Acton, Blue Cross 383.15 

Town of Acton, Machinery Account 2,884.55 

So. Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 156.00 

School Department, Sale of Stove 10.00 

Concord District Court, Fines 177.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Dog Licenses 951.80 

Cancelled Checks 11.86 

Town of Clinton, Welfare 1,452.16 

Fred Kennedy, Care Lots 600.00 

Fred Kennedy, Burials 840.00 



180.919.35 



Pred Kennedy, Lowering Device 144.00 

Fred Kennedy, Miscellaneous 177.00 

Fred Kennedy, Foundations 176.75 

Fred Kennedy, Sale Lots , , 440.00 

Mary Lothrop, Library Fines 177.45 

Mary Lothrop, Sale Books 17.55 

Mary Lothrop, Miscellaneous 5.87 

Winthrop A. Pond, Perpetual Care 200.00 

A. J. Losaw, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Helen A. Clapp, Perpetual Care lOO.OC 

Henry Tolman, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Hoit and Scott, Perpetual Care 500.00 

Sadie Geer, Perpetual Care 200.00 

Miriam Slocumb, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Samuel Freeman, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Est. William H. Farrand, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Nellie Tripp, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Weldon J. Murray, Perpetual Care 75.00 

Herman Rouillard, Perpetual Care 75.00 

Harry Holt, Rent of Hall 119.00 

Acton Firemen Relief Fund, Transfer ,. 69.00 

George E. Whitney Fund, Transfer 200.00 

Cemtery Fund, Transfer 1,000.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Transfer,.., 1,400.00 

Memorial Library Fund, Transfer 302.69 

Elizabeth White Fund, Transfer 325.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Cem. Fund, Trans. 15.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund, Transfer 25.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund, Transfer 25.00 

Town of Concord, Welfare ,.., 371.90 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 29.91 

Town of Concord, Old Age Assistance ,. 97.66 

City of Boston, Welfare 128.46 

City of Boston, Schools 278.69 

Treasurer United States, Reim. 0. A. A. 77.88 

Acton High School, Fines 6.73 

Acton High School, Telephone .41 

Acton High School, Industrial Arts 60.76 

Carrie Durkee, 1948 Liens , 37.00 

Edward A. Estabrook, Sealer Weights., 80.77 

Town of Westford, Schools 125.08 



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IT. S. MacGregor, Sale Fire Truck 25.00 

Town of Boxboro, Tuition 2,981.18 

Town of Maynard, Old Age Assistance 97.13 

Board of Health, Nurse Services 205.00 

Board of Health, Milk License 7.00 

Board of Health, Miscellaneous 2.50 

Board of Health, Vendor's License 5.00 

Town of Ashland, Old Age Assistance .. 191.80 

Town of Stow, Old Age Assistance 91.61 

J. Alton Dingee, Tax Title 39.13 

J. Alton Dingee, Interest 4.57 

City of Brockton, Old Age Assistance .. 18.80 

William H. Soar and. Tax Title 354.97 

Mary E. Stoney, Interest 40.42 

House of Correction, Fines 20.00 

Town of Wrentham, Old Age Assistance 208.33 

Est William Mullin, Tax Title 26.01 

Est. William Mullin, Interest .28 

City of Lowell, Welfare 15.90 

J. Roland Wetherbee, Trust Fund 10,000.00 

Boston and Maine R. R. Snow Removal 198.00 

Town of Weston, Old Age Assistance .. 90.80 

Chief of Police, Revolver Permits 20.00 

48,267.01 

Total Cash Receipts $355,261.70 

Cash Balance January 1, 1948 109,669.67 



$464,931.37 



Payments for 1948 : 

Selectmen's Orders $338,192.12 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

State Parks and Reservations 241.66 

Auditing Accounts 467.19 

S338,900.97 



Cash Balance December 31, 1948 .. $126,030.40 



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OUTSTANDING NOTES DECEMBER 31, 1948 

High School Addition Notes, 168-176 due 1948 to 
1957 $9,000.00 

SUSAN NOYES HOSMER FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Pi-incipal Fund $82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 1,210.92 

$83,449.87 

Received Interest for 1948 1,696.94 

$85,146.81 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $83,746.81 

Transfer to Town Account 1,400.00 

$85,146.81 



CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $51,562.21 

Unexpended Balance 1,889.79 

$53,452.00 

Received for Perpetual Care 1,250.00 

Received Interest for 1948 1,061.85 

$55,763.85 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $50,188.85 

U. S. Savings Bonds Series G 4,500.00 

Transfer to Hoit and Scott Fund 75.00 

Transfer to Town Account 1,000.00 

$55,763.85 



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ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund ^....... ?25,000.00' 

Unexpended Balance .... 3,040.19 

$28,040.19 

Received Interest for 1948 ^ ^ 552.36' 



S28,592,55> 



Balance December 31, 1948^ 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $2S,2jS7.55 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1948 ._..^,„ 325.00' 



$28,592,55 



WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund ^le^OGT.oS- 

Unexpended Balance 324.15 

— $16,391.70) 

Received Interest for 1948 ., . 343.34 

$16,735.04 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $15,432.35 

West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 302,69 

$16,735.04 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Pnncip^I FuHd $14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance ,.., 852.79 

$14,926.49 



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Received Interest for 1948 306.59 



$15,233.08 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Bank $15,033.08 

Paid Trustee's Orders for 1948 200.00 

$15,233.08 



LUKE BLANCHARD CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Balance $1,498.44 

Received Interest for 1948 36.27 

$1,534.71 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,509.71 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,534.71 



CEMETERY SURPLUS FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Balance $190.02 

Received Interest for 1948 3.81 

$193.83 

Balance December 31, 1948 
Bank Balance in Savings Banks $193.83 



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WEST ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Balance $694.16 

Received Interest for 1948 13.95 

$708.11 
Balance December 31, 1948 
Balance in Savings Bank $708.11 



ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $3,555.00 

Unexpended Balance 415.97 

$3,970.97 

Received to Fund in 1948 

Company Salaries $265.00 

Interest 80.81 

345.81 

$4,316.78 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balance in Savings Bank $4,247.78 

Paid Trustee's Orders 1948, Transfer to 

Town Account 69.00 

$4,316.78 



HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Unexpended Balance 28.13 

$728.13 



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Received Interest for 1948 14.63 



' $742.76 
Balance December 31, 1948 
Balance in Savings Bank $742.76 



ACTON HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 78.37 

$1,578.37 

Received Interest for 1948 24.08 

$1,602.45 
Balance December 31, 1948 
Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,602.45 

HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 148.16 

$1,648.16 

Received Interest for 1948 33.06 

$1,681.22 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,656.22 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,681.22 



GEORGIA E. WHITNEY CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 



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Unexpended Balance 45.24 

$1,545.24 

Received Interest for 1948 30.86 

$1,576.10 

Balance December 31, 1948 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,561.10 

Transfer to Town Account 15.00 

$1,576.10 



FRANK C. HAYWARD FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Received Interest for 1948 16.70 

$1,016.70 
Balance December 31, 1948 
Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,016.70 



HOIT AND SCOTT FUND 

Principal Fund, July 1948 $500.00 

Balance December 31, 1948 
U. S. Savings Bond Series G $500.00 

J. ROLAND WETHERBEE CEMETERY FUND 

Principal Fund, December 1948 $10,000.00 

Balance December 31, 1948 
Bank Balances in Savings Banks $10,000.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer. 



97 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I herewith submit my report covering the financial transac- 
tions of the town for the year ended December 31, 1948. 

I have included in my report a tabulated record showing 
appropriations, transfers and balances. The town is in an 
excellent financial condition as the balance sheet will show. 

By advice from the Assistant Director of Accounts I have 
closed out the appropriations made under Articles 23 and 24 
at the March meeting. 

The amount of maturing debt for 1947 is $1,000.00. 

I have verified the accounts of the Collector of Taxes and 
the Treasurer and have checked the various trust accounts in 
the custody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



98 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 

January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1948 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appro. Expended Balance 

Selectmen's Dept. Salaries $2,200.00 $2,123.81 $76.19 

Selectmen's Dept. Expenses 150.00 118.27 31.73 

Finance Committee 150.00 67.80 82.20 

Moderator 25.00 15.00 10.00 

Treasurer, Salary 750.00 750.00 

Treasurer, Expenses 250.00 249.47 .53 

Assessors' Salaries 2,350.00 2,193.50 156.50 

Assessors' Expenses 250.00 136.33 113.67 

Collector of Taxes, Salaries 1,550.00 1,522.10 27.90 

Collector of Taxes, Expenses 300.00 174.12 125.88 

Town Accountant, Salary 700.00 700.00 

Town Accountant, Expenses 100.00 36.25 63.75 

Town Clerk, Salary and Fees 500.00 501.50 

R 1.50 

Town Clerk, Expenses 200.00 151.65 48.35 

Election and Registration, Salaries 900.00 1,099.40 

R 199.40 

Election and Registration, Expenses 450.00 469.25 

R 19.25 

Buildings and Grounds, Wages 2,805.00 1,618.43 1,186.57 

Buildings and Grounds, Expenses 2,400.00 2,536.84 .30 

R 137.14 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police, Salaries 6,062.00 6,049.62 12.38 

Police, Expenses 1,475.00 1,411.04 63.96 

Police Cruiser 600.00 600.00 

Police Uniforms 150.00 150.00 

Fire Dept. Salaries and Wages 2,665.00 2,777.42 

R 112.42 

Fire Dept. Expenses 2,000.00 1,966.12 33.88 

Forest Fires, Wages 1,500.00 599.40 900.60 

Forest Fire Truck, Art. 1947 B 6,000.00 6,000.00 

New Equipment 1,500.00 1,499.06 .94 

Lighting Set Motor Generator, Art. 33 400.00 400.00 

Hydrant Service 3,800.00 3,676.00 124.00 

Moth Dept. Wages 950.00 951.41 

R 1.41 

Moth Dept. Expenses 1,050.00 1,047.50 2.50 

Tree Warden, Wages 1,625.00 1,637.80 .70 

R 13.50 

Tree Warden, Expenses 675.00 676.77 2.13 

R 3.90 



99 

Tree Replacements 250.00 249.73 .27 

Feeding Shade Trees 500.00 489.15 10.85 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, Salary 200.00 200.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, Expenses .... 50.00 49.78 .22 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health, Salaries and Wages 4,300.00 4,268.29 31.71 

Board of Health, Expenses 700.00 749.92 24.85 

R 74.77 

Cattle Inspector, Salary 150.00 150.00 

Garbage Disposal 2,000.00 1,827.40 172.60 

HIGHWAYS 

Village 2,000.00 1,998.99 1.01 

Chapter 81 8,550.00 21,374.81 

G 12,825.00 .19 

Chapter 90 Maintenance 3,000.00 3,598.69 

and Brooks Street G 600.00 4,639.96 

B 4,660.10 21.45 

Chapter 90, Main Street G 3,000.00 12,354.63 

7,500.00 

B 2,355.64 .501.02 

Snow Removal 17,000.00 16,459.54 540.46 

Road Machinery T 2,500.00 1,977.53 522.47 

Street Lighting 4,600.00 4,537.13 62.87 

Shovel Loader, Art. 28 4,500.00 4,258.25 241.75 

Snow Plow, Art. 14, 1947 B 700.00 611.00 89.00 

Snow Fence, Art. 19, 1947 B 200.00 200.00 

Painting Traffic Lines 200.00 141.85 58.15 

Snow Plow 700.00 700.00 

Snow Fence 1948 200.00 200.00 

CHARITIES 

Public Welfare, Temporary Aid 4,500.00 3,827.87 672.13 

Public Welfare, Salaries 1,335.20 735.20 600.00 

Public Welfare, Administration 150.00 104.25 45.75 

Old Age Assistance 25,000.00 

G 19,305.40 

R 1,944.47 46,249.87 

Old Age Assistance Adm. G 600.00 600.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 3,000.00 3,508.41 115.99 

G 624.40 

Veterans Benefits, Salaries 150.00 150.00 

Veterans Benefits, Expenses 5,000.00 1,319.89 3,680.11 

Veterans Benefits, Adm. Expenses 25.00 5.00 20.00 

Veterans Service, Salaries 1,050.00 948.60 101.40 

Veterans Service, Expenses 100.00 4.00 96.00 



763.19 


236.81 


110.27 


89.73 


250.00 


25.00 




1,500.00 



100 

EDUCATION 

Salaries and Wages 65,000.00 64,748.05 251.95 

Fuel 4,125.00 4,101.76 23.24 

Textbook, Supplies 3,400.00 3,389.16 10.84 

Transportation 6,000.00 6,140.00 45.00 

R 185.00 

Vocational Education 300.00 300.00 

Janitors' Supplies, Power, Repairs, Misc. Ex- 
penses 4,700.00 5,270.78 .96 

R 571.14 

Outlays 1,000.00 

Library 200.00 

Health 275.00 

School Survey 1,500.00 

Repairing High School Roof 15,000.00 12,179.74 2,820.26 

LIBRARY 

Salaries and Wages 800.00 786.50 13.50 

Expenses 900.00 959.03 55.97 

R 115.00 

Books of Magazines 300.00 602.74 od (.05) 

302.69 

CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages 4,000.00 

Expenses 900.00 

Perpetual Care T 1,000.00 

Raymond Fund T 25.00 

Georgia Whitney Fund T 15.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund T 25.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund T 1,400.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Unclassified Account 1,000.00 

Memorial Day 500.00 

Power Mower for Playgrounds, Art. 17, 1947 B 600.00 

Fencing Goward Field, Art. 25, 1946 B 1,000.00 

Liability Insurance, Art. 29 705.00 

Town Reports 800.00 

Workmen's Compensation Insurance 900.00 

Surety Bonds 300.00 

Dog Officer 300.00 

R 120.50 

Recreation 1,000.00 

Maturing Debt 1,000.00 

Interest on Bonds 150.00 



3,999.68 


.32 


895.30 


4.70 


946.21 


53.79 


25.00 




15.00 




25.00 




1,386.35 


13.65 


746.04 


253.96 


410.65 


89.35 


505.40 


94.60 


1,000.00 




616.17 


88.83 


769.95 


30.05 


848.70 


51.30 


298.75 


1.25 


420.50 




729.24 


270.76 


1,000.00 




150.00 





$313,485.43 $295,884.75 $17,600.68 



101 

NO APPROPRIATION ITEMS 

Expended 

State Parks $241.66 

State Audit 467.19 

County Hospital Assessment 1,744.02 

County Retirement Assessment 995.00 

County Tax 7,569.00 

County Dog Account 871,40 

Refunds on Taxes 657.96 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 2,656.18 

County Retirement 1,755.18 

Blue Cross 549.40 

Withholding Taxes 9,062.02 

Trust Accounts 16,419.21 

Cemetery Land Fund 28.00 

$338,900.97 

KEY 

B — Balance 
G — Grants 
T— Transfers 
R — Reseivc Fund 



t 



102 
CASH RECEIPTS AND DEPARTMENTAL PAYMENTS 

Treasurer's Receipts 

Treasurer's Itemized Report $355,261.70 

Cash Balance, Jan. 1, 1948 109,669.67 

$464,931.37 

Payments 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Selectmen's Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

George S. Braman $383.34 

Arthur W. Lee 316.67 

Lawrence Donnelly 300.00 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 1,123.80 

2,123.81 

Expenses : 

Mass. Selectmen's Ass'n Dues 25.00 

Middlesex County Selectmen's Ass'n 

Dues 3.00 

Postage 39.06 

Stationery and Printing 38.28 

Sundry Items 12.93 

118.27 

Finance Committee 

Expenses : 

Professional Services 29.30 

Reports 10.00 

Association Dues 10.00 

Attending Meetings 18.50 

67.80 

Moderator 

Salary : 

Albert P. Durkee 15.00 



103 

Town Accountani 

Salary: 

Howard L. Jones 700.00 

Expenses : 

Books and Stationery 25.15 

Stenographic Services 6.00 

Telephone 2.65 

Postage 2.45 

36.25 



Treasurer 

Salary : 

William H. Soar 750.00 

Expenses : 

Postage 134.85 

Telephones 18.80 

Tax Title Expense 6.75 

Books and Stationery 71.07 

Association Dues 2.00 

Safety Deposit Vault 6.00 

Travel Expense to Boston 10.00 

249.47 



Collector of Taxes 

Salaries and Wages: 

Carrie M. Durkee, Salary 1,250.00 

Raymond Gallant, Clerk 272.10 



Expenses : 

Postage 75.70 

Tax Title Expense 13.36 

Books, Stationery, Printing 85.16 



Assessors 

Salaries and Wages: 

Albert P. Durkee, Chairman, Salary.. 734.00 

Carl C. Flint, Salary 633.00 



1,522.10 



174.12 



104 



James W. Baker, Salary 633.00 

Marian Baker, Clerk 193.50 



Expenses : 

Books, Stationery, Printing 39.78 

Association Dues 6.00 

Transfer and Probate Notices 51.05 

Repairing Typewriter 24.50 

Albert P. Durkee, Attending Meetings 15.00 



Town Clerk 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Salary 350.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Recording Vital 

Statistics 151.50 



Expenses : 

Attending Meetings 10.00 

Binding 39.58 

Typing 17.60 

Telephone 27.50 

Postage 26.00 

Books and Stationery 30.97 



Elections and Registi-ations 

Salaries and Wages: 

Julia Barry, Registrar 125.00 

James B. Wilson, Registrar 125.00 

John P. Duggan 100.00 

Grace Cullinane 25.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Clerk 100.00 

Pay Rolls, Elections and Recount 594.40 

Posting Warrants 30.00 

Expenses : 

Books and Printing 340.45 

Vote Meters 33.00 



2,193.50 



136.33 



501.50 



151.65 



1,099.40 



105 



Eent .., 57.00 

Moving, Precinct 2 3.00 

Repairing and Setting" up Booths 35.80 



Buildings and Grounds 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harry K Holt, Custodian , 1,040.00 

Harry E, Holt, Care of Grounds 454.75 

Pay Rolls, Buildings Highway Dept 103.68 
Fred Kennedy, Care of Common at 

West Acton , 20.00 

Expenses: 

Heat , , , , , 1,079.70 

Telephone 136.68 

Lighting 268.90 

Lumber 150.81 

Cleaning Cesspools 30.00 

Sharpening Lawn Mower 58.90 

Repairing West Acton Fire House ..., 223.87 

Shingling South Acton Fire House .. 405.00 

Water , 12.00 

Ash Cans , 17.82 

Repairing Boiler , 6.50 

Flags 43.91 

Burner Service 10.00 

Mowing Kinsley Park 4.00 

Vent Fan 16.00 

Sundry Repairs 32.92 

Repairing Town Clock , 14.00 

Dust Layer 8.65 

Gasoline 8.90 

Sundry Items 8.28 



469,25 



1,618.4:^ 



2,536.84 



PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 
Police Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

Michael Foley, Chief 2,600.00 



106 

Special Officers 3,449.62 

Expenses : 

Gas and Oil 789.92 

Repairs to Cruiser 182.24 

Telephone 151.25 

Radio Service 130.80 

Association Dues 5.00 

Matron Services 15.00 

Insurance 12.25 

Fire Extin^isher 19.65 

Lettering- Cruiser 15.00 

Transportation, Car Hire 10.00 

Tire Chains „ 15.44 

Lumber, etc 8.59 

Stationery 28.43 

Sundry Items 27.47 



Expenses; 

Fuel ,. 220.59 

Gas and Oil 113.15 

Lighting- 256.68 

Telephone 111.39 

New Tires and Tubes 169.82 

Batteries 98.42 

Tire Chains 27.50 



6,049.62 



1,41L04 



New Cruiser, Art. 21 
Great Road Garage 600,00 

Uniforms, Art. 20 

New Uniform, caps, pants, etc 150.00 

Fire Department 

Salaries and Wag-es: 

Annual Salaries 795.00 

Pay Rolls, Fires 1,442,42 

Pay Rolls, Janitors 540.00 



2,777,42 



10? 



Jacks ,...,..,. , 62.00 

Repairing Fire Alarm Lines 51.58 

Repairing Compressor 105.97 

Water 36.00 

Kepairs, Fire Trucks 225.07 

Repairs, West Acton Fire House 13.50 

Welding 20.75 

Towel Service 11.00 

Repairs to Whistle 31.00 

Sundry Equipment 348.52 

Permits 14.21 

Repairing Equipment 9.30 

Paint 5.51 

Stationery and Forms 17.25 

Sundry Items 16.91 



Forest Fires 




X,*/\JU.X— : 


Wages : 






Pay Rolls , , 




599.40 


Special Appropriations 






Article 26, 1947, Emergency Service 






Truck 




6,000.00 


Article 33, Portable Generator 




400.00 


Article 18, New Equipment 


1,499.06 


Hydrant Service 






West and South Water Supply 


3,400.00 




Town of Concord 


276.00 






:^ A7A on 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salary : 

Edward W. Estabrook 200.00 

Expenses : 

Seals, Book, Dies 24.10 

Advertising 8.98 



108 

Gas and Off 14.25 

Postage and Telephone 2.45 

Moth Deparfment 

Wages : 

James J. Knight, Supt 447.50 

Pay Rolls .„. ., ,,.... 50S.9I 

Expenses: 

Truck ,.., , ,..,,.., , 298.^5 

Spraying Materials 603.3^ 

Gas and Oil , ,.. 72.89 

Parts for Truck and Pump _ 64.51 

Sundry Items , 8.42 

TREE WARDEN 

Wages: 

James J. Knight, Supt. _ 948.75 

Pay Rolls , 689.05 

Expenses : 

Truck , V , 470.25 

Tools 26.52 

Rental of Machinery , 180.00 

Tree Replacement 

James J. Knight, Supt , , 46.25 

Truck 24.05 

Pay Rolls , 40.43 

New England Nurseries, Trees 139.00 

Feeding Shade Trees 

James J. Knight, Supt 87.50 

Pay Rolls 184.75 



49.78 



051.41 



1,047.50 



1,637.80 



676.7T 



109 

Truck 45.50 

Fertilizer 171.40 



HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health 

Salaries and Wages: 

Dr. 0. L. Clark, Chairman 25.00 

Lowell Cram, Secretary 15.00 

Herbert L. Leusher 10.00 

Labor at Town Dump 930.30 

Lillian Taylor, Town Nurse (includes 

transportation) 2,799.84 

Services of Agent to the Board 90.15 

Dr. E. A. Mayell, professional services 398.00 



Expenses : 

Middlesex County Sanatorium 594.00 

Medical Supplies 86.38 

Steam Massages 21.00 

Painting Sign 6.00 

Books 21.11 

Gas and Oil 2.67 

Agent's Travel Expenses 10.05 

Postage and Telephones 8.71 



CATTLE INSPECTOR 



489.15 



4,268.29 



749.92 



Salary : 

Arno H. Perkins 150.00 

GARBAGE COLLECTION 

Plenry Anderson, Contract 1,800.00 

Advertising 7.00 

Postage, Telephone and Stenographic 

Service 20.40 

. 1,827.40 



110 

HIGHWAYS 

Village 

Russell C. Berry, Supt 225.36 

Pay Rolls, Labor 924.31 

Truck 101.40 

Machinery Rental 33.00 

Tools 207.81 

Lumber, Cement, etc 140.61 

Welding 57.00 

Plumbing 73.20 

Compound 35.00 

Gasoline and Oil 145.26 

Paint 44.21 

Sundries 11.83 

CHAPTER 81 

Russell C. Berry, Supt 1,562.16 

Pay Rolls 6,218.03 

Trucks 1,449.80 

Machinery Rental 3,406.50 

Oil and Asphalt 3,151.65 

Sand, Gravel and Stone 1,833.75 

Hauling Stone 518.40 

Cable Guard and Posts 1,841.03 

Black Top 244.90 

Catch Basin 35.00 

Brick 90.00 

Culvert Pipes 901.07 

Cement 118.89 

Coupling 3.63 



CHAPTER 90 MAINTENANCE 

Asphalt Oil and Tar 294.46 

Stone 605.31 

Pipe for Culvert 2,698.92 



1,998.99 



21,374.81 



3,598.69 



Ill 

BROOK STREET 

Russell C. Berry, Supt 219.20 

Labor 846.42 

Trucks 96.00 

Machinery Rental 1,456.50 

Gravel 30.77 

Stone 102.27 

Culvert Pipe 980.00 

Cement 908.80 



MAIN STREET CONSTRUCTION 
Main Street 

Russell C. Berry, Supt 630.20 

Pay Rolls, Labor 2,802.56 

Trucks 548.40 

Oil and Asphalt 863.07 

Machinery Rental 2,343.80 

Stone and Gravel 3,224.74 

Cable Guard and Posts 789.00 

Culverts 459.03 

Cement 10.78 

Brick 112.50 

Catch Basins, Frames and Grates 570.54 



SNOW REMOVAL 

Russell C. Berry, Supt 927.60 

Pay Rolls, Labor 2,774.15 

Trucks 601.75 

Plowing Streets 6,918.79 

Sanding and Cleaning 1,583.75 

Sand 830.45 

Salt 913.00 

Snow Plow 995.00 

New Blades 322.07 

Chains 24.92 

Parts and Work on Equipment 234.51 

Sand Spreader, Exchange 75.00 



8.238.6; 



12,354.62 



112 

Pump and Ram 70.10 

Gasoline 188.45 

16,459.54 



ROAD MACHINERY 

Tires and Tubes 366.92 

Gas, Oil and Antifreeze 723.31 

Parts and Service 364.68 

New Equipment 360.82 

Welding 149.75 

Sundry Items 12.05 

1,977.53 



SHOVEL LOADER AND ATTACHMENTS 
Article 28 

Sandberg Equipment Co , 4,258.25 

SNOW PLOW 
Article 14, 1947 

Chas. H. Wood Co 611.00 

SNOW FENCE 
Article 19, 1947 

Files and O'Keefe Co 98.00 

Standard Fence Co 102.00 

200.00 

PAINTING TRAFFIC LINES 

Labor 44,95 

Paint 96.90 

141.85 

STREET LIGHTING 
Boston Edison Co .,. 4,537.13 



lis 

CHARITIES 

Public Welfare 

Temporary Aid: 

Cash to Individuals ,.., 1,923.00 

Provisions 211.66 

Medical and Hospital Aid 208.05 

Fuel , 27.81 

Rent 125.00 

Clothing 14.85 

Relief by Other Cities and Towns 1,317,50 

:l,827.87 

Salaries and Wages: 

Mary Laffin , 116.67 

Benjamin Ineson , 20.83 

Walter Stevens 75.00 

Lossie E. Laird 62.50 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 460.20 

735.20 

Administration Account: 
Greater Boston Community Council of 

Social Agencies 8.00 

Association Dues 12.00 

Stationery Printing 16.75 

Attending Meetings 67.50 

^ 10425 

Old Age Assistance: 

Cash Aid to Individuals 26,150.35 

Aid by Other Cities and Towns 794.12 

Federal Grant: 

Cash Aid to Individuals ,.., 19,305.40 

46,249.87 

Administrative Account : 
Federal Grant 

Mary Laffin, Salary as Agent 600.00 

Aid to Dependent Children: 

Cash Aid to Individuals 2,884.01 



114 



Federal Grant: 

Cash Aid to Individuals 624.40 



3,508.41 



150.00 



VETERANS' BENEFITS 

Salaries : 

Ernest E. Allsopp, Agent 75.00 

Edward J. Higgins, Agent 75.00 

Expenses : 

Cash Aid to Individuals 1,099.40 

Provisions 103.89 

Medical and Hospital 109.10 

Fuel 7.50 

1,319.89 

Administration Expenses : 

Association Dues 5.00 

VETERANS' SERVICE 

Wages : 

Theron A. Lowden, Services 735.00 

Geraldene Prentiss, Clerk 213.60 

948.60 

Expenses : 

Postage 4.00 

EDUCATION 

Salaries and Wages 64,748.05 

Fuel 4,101.76 

Text Books and Supplies 3,389.16 

Transportation of Pupils 6,140.00 

Vocational Education 300.00 

Janitors' Supplies, Repairs and Miscel- 
laneous Expenses 5,270.78 

Outlays 763.19 

High School Library 110.27 

Health 250.00 

85,073.21 



115 

REPAIRING HIGH SCHOOL ROOF 

Atlantic Roofing and Skylight Work a/c 

Contract 11,250.00 

Giles Smith 851.42 

Performance Bond 78.32 



12,179.74 



LIBRARIES 
Salaries and Wages: 

Mary Lothrop, Librarian 312.00 

Katherine Kinsley, Librarian West 

Acton Branch 104.00 

Mrs. Ina S. Wheeler, Librarian South 

Acton Branch 74.00 

Janitor 200.50 

Binding Books 96.00 

Expenses : 

Insurance 237.14 

Heat 441.87 

Lights 64.76 

Transporting Books 47.00 

Fuel, Branch Libraries 59.66 

Printing, Card, etc 37.94 

Water 12.00 

Welding 12.00 

Repairs 6.00 

Sundry Items 40.66 

Books and Magazines 

CEMETERIES 
Salaries and Wages: 

Fred S. Kennedy, Supt 2,262.00 

Pay Rolls, Labor 1,737.68 

Expenses : 

Insurance 45.00 

Trucks 99.25 



786.50 



959.03 
602.74 



3,999.68 



116 



Parts and Repairing Lawn Mower ..., 92.42 

Cover 25.20 

Repairing Lowering Device 70.00 

Lawn Mower , ,.., 21.06 

Grass Cutter 40.40 

Fuel for Chapel 93.20 

Laying out Lots , 30.00 

Flowers 34.45 

Paint 23.97 

Gas and Oil 22.88 

Spraying 17.92 

Fertilizer and Grass Seed 35.20 

Loam 36.00 

Furnace Pipe 9.81 

Lumber and Cement 32.21 

Lighting Chapel 17.52 

Water 15.00 

Association Dues 5.00 

Tools 14.32 

Removing Tree 32.00 

Urinal Blocks 26.21 

Printing 14.95 

Postage and Telephone 18.01 

Sundiy Items 23.32 



895.30 



PERPETUAL CARE 

Pay Rolls, Labor , 

Flowers „., 

Raymond Fund 

Care of Lot , 

Georgia Whitney 
Care of Lot , 

Luke Blanchard Fund 
Care of Lot 



900.26 
45.95 



946.21 



25.00 



15.00 



25.00 



117 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 

Pay Rolls, Labor 901.83 

A. Shurcliff, Professional Services 73.35 

Loam 58.50 

Trucks 80.50 

Power Lawn Mower 128.25 

Weed Killer 59.06 

Fertilizer and Seed 42.25 

Paint 16.79 

Sundry Items 25.82 



UNCLASSIFIED 

Unclassified Account: 

Advertising 54.95 

Express 11.50 

Professional Services, Legal 212.50 

Signs 73.50 

Maps and Planagraphs 45.03 

Writing Easements 25.68 

Adding Machine 112.50 

Typewriter 167.88 

Flags 33.00 

Deputy Collector's Bonds 5.00 

Repairing Typewriter 4.50 



MEMORIAL DAY 

Music 175.00 

Busses 40.00 

Flags 72.00 

Flowers 108.5C 

Refreshments 15.15 



1,386.35 



746.04 



410.65 



Power Mower for Playground, Article 

17, 1947 505.40 

Fencing Coward Field, Article 25, 1946 • 1,000.00 



118 



Liability Insurance, Article 29 

TOWN REPORTS 

1224 Reports 

Delivering Reports 

Liability Insurance: 

Workmen's Compensation 

SURETY BONDS 

Treasurer's Bond 

Collector's Bond 

Town Clerk's Bond 



616.17 



750.45 
19.50 



125.50 

165.75 

7.50 



769.95 



848.70 



298.75 



DOG OFFICER 

Keeping and Destroying 57 Stray Dogs 320.50 

Expenses 100.00 



420.50 



RECREATION 

Wages : 
Playground 

John J. Bradley, Supt 

Pay Rolls, Labor 

Expenses : 

Gas and Oil 

Bases 

Repairing Mower 

Sharpening Mower 

Weed Killers 

Cement Blocks 

Work with Compressor 

Lumber and Lime 

Express 



478.25 
26.04 



20.00 
15.75 
25.68 
36.00 
15.28 

6.00 
90.00 
10.06 

6.18 



729.24 



119 

Maturing Debt: 

High School Addition Bond 1,000.00 

Interest on High School Addition Bonds 150.00 

NO APPROPPwIATION ITEMS 

State Parks Tax 241.66 

State Audit 467.19 

County Tax 7,569.00 

County Hospital 1,744.02 

County Retirement 2,750.18 

County Dog Licenses 871.40 

Trust Accounts 16,419.21 

Mass. Teachers' Retirement 2,656.18 

Blue Cross 549.40 

Withholding Taxes 9,062.02 

Refunds Taxes 657.96 

Refunds Cemetery Land 28.00 

43,016.22 



$338,900.97 
Cash Balance December 31, 1948 $126,030.40 

$464,931.37 



120 
RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 

Old Age Assistance 1,944.47 

Town Clerk, Salary Account 1.50 

Election and Registration, Salary Ac- 
count 199.40 

Election and Registration, Expense Ac- 
count 19.25 

Buildings and Grounds, Expense Ac- 
count 137.14 

Fire Dept. Salaries 112.42 

Moth Dept. Salaries 1.41 

Tree Warden Salaries 13.50 

Tree Warden Expense Account 3,90 

Board of Health Expense Account 74.77 

Education, Transportation 185.00 

Education, Janitors' Supplies, Power and 

Miscellaneous 571.74 

Library Expense 115.00 

Dog Officer 120.50 



MACHINERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 8,079.98 

Received from Rentals 2,932.55 

Unexpended Balance 

Road Machinery Account 522.47 

Transferred to Road Machinery Acct. .. 2,500.00 

Balance December 31, 1948 1,035.00 



3,500.00 



(1,535.00 



6,535.00 



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CEMETERY LAND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1948 1,283.85 

Received from sale of Lots 440.00 

1,723.35 

Paid Repurchase of Lots 28.00 

Balance December 81, 1948 1,695.35 

1,723.35 



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BALANCE SHEET ' December 31, 1948 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash - $126,030.40 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes : 

Levy of 1947 

Real Estate $6',366.32 

Personal 1,268.89 

Polls 88.00 

7,723.21 

Levy of 1948 

Real Estate ,.. 24,172.26 

Personal 2,871.22 

Polls 316.00 

27,359.48 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes 

Levy of 1947 288.72 

Levy of 1948 2,025.05 

2,313.77 

Tax Judgment 502.62 

Tax Titles and Possessions: 

Tax Titles 1,129.41 

Tax Title Possessions 346.21 

1,475.62 

Departmental 

County Dog Account 88.00 

Public Welfare 887.19 

School Department 83.00 

Veterans' Benefits 361.58 

Aid to Dependent Children 436.53 

Old Age Assistance 232.82 

2,089.12 

State and County Aid to Highways 

State 5,784.02 

County 2,500.08 

8,284.10 

Under Estimates 1947 

State Parks Tax 3.5.43 

County Tax 484.88 

County Hospital Assessment 355.91 

876.22 



BALANCE SHEET 



12B 



TOWN OF ACTON 



December 31, 1948 



LIABILITIES AND BESEHVES 

Tailings Account ,...,..., ^, 

Withholding Tax ,.., ..,„ ....^ , .« 

Blue Cross - - 

County Retirement ^ - 

Cemetery Land Fund ..., , 

Hoad Machinery Fund ,.., , ^ ^ 

County Dog Licenses , , ^., 

Appropriation Balances: 

High School Eoof ^ , $2,820.2'6 

Fluorescent Lighting , 1,550.00 

School Survey 1,500.00 

Post War Committee ^ ,...„ , „„..,., 500.00 

Town Forest Committee ...,,..,., 500.00 

Snow Fence , , 200.00 

Snow Plow , , , , , ,,.., ,.. 700.00 

Trust Fund Incom-e: 

Cemetery Perpetual Care , 53.79 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund ..., , , , 13.65 

Federal Grants: 

Old Age Assistance Adm ,,., „.,. 9.34 

Aid to Dependent Children 30.65 

Reserve: 

Reserve Fund, Overlay Surplus ,,.., , ,,. 

Overlays, Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1947 , , , , .,. 2,613.50 

Levy of 1948 , , , 1,281.25 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax „. 2,313.77 

Tax Titles 1,475.62 

Departmental 2,089.12 

State and County Aid to Highways 8,284.10 

Surplus Revenue , 



$144.81 

138.65 

26.45 

■239.92 

1,695.35 

4,-035.00 

,94.20 



7,77D.2(? 
0)7.44 

39.99 
3,321.64 

3,894.75 



14,162.61 
141,033.10 



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Overdrawn Accounts 



Library Books .Oo 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 9.38 

9.68 

S176,664.1T 



DEBT ACCOUNT 
Xet Funded or Fixed Debt S9,000.0(» 



TRUST ACCOUNT.^ 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities: 

In Custody of Tov\ti Treasurer $221,899.95 

In Custody of Trustee? 3,4f;.3 34 



S223,8fi3.4V» 



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$176,664.17 

DEBT ACCOUNT 
Hig-h Schoo] Addition Loan 9,000.00 

TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund $735.41 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 1,656.22 

Charlotte Conant School 1,602.45 

Holt and Scott Cemetery Fund 500.00 

Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund 10,000.00 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund 28,267.55 

Georgria E. Whitney Charity Fund 15,033.08 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 16,432.35 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 4,247.78 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 708.11 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 54,688.85 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 193.83 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,509.71 

Frank C. Hayward Cemetery Fund 1,016.70 

Georgia E. Whitney Cemetery Fund 1,561.10 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 83,746.81 

Charlotte L. Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 

$225,365.49 

Respectfully submitted, 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Town Accountant. 



126 
REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit my report for the Fire Department for the 
year 1948. 

Total alarms responded to 18 

The new emergency service truck was put into service July 
2, 1948 and I know this truck will give the town a great deal 
of service in the years to come. 

The Department equipment is in good condition and new 
fire alarm cards will be out very soon. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



REPORT OF FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Your Forest Warden submits the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1948. 

Total calls for grass and brush fires 40 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 

Forest Warden, 



127 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton: 

I herewith submit my report, concerning the work of the 
Highway Department, for the year 1948. 

The regular maintenance and work of cleaning and patch- 
ing was carried on. Extensive brush cutting was done. 

The usual mileage of roads was surface treated, a large per- 
centage receiving high type pavement. 

Eight stone culverts were replaced with metal pipe. Ten 
catch basins were built. 

Construction on Main Street was completed to the railroad 
crossing. Several hundred feet of drainage with catch basins 
were constructed to a point near Quarry Road. This is pre- 
paratory to further construction. 

Several hundred feet of cable guard rails were installed on 
various streets. 

The large bridge on Brook Street was completed. The road 
and the approaches to the bridge were widened. Cable guard 
rails were installed. This completes the first unit in our an- 
nual program of flood control. 

Respectfully submitted, , 

RUSSELL C. BERRY, 
Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF FENCE VIEWERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton 
reports no activity in partition fences for the year 1948. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK, 
. .^ LOUIS F. LEVERONI,. 

ROBERT G. WILLETT, 

Fence Viewers. 



128 

REPORT OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION 
SERVICE FOR THE TOWN OF ACTON, 1948 



The Middlesex County Extension Service is a county organi- 
zation maintained to serve the various towns of the county 
especially in the field of agriculture and home economics. 

From an agricultural standpoint the Town of Acton is more 
or less the center for the poultrymen of the county. This is 
because of the large number of poultrj^ farmers in Acton and 
the splendid leadership that these poultrymen have furnished 
down through the years. The meetings of the Middlesex County 
Poultry Association held usually in co-operation with the Ex- 
tension Service are held in Acton. Wendell Putnam is treas- 
urer and A. Perry Marble is secretary of the County Poultry 
Association and James Murgatroyd is one of the directors in 
the County Poultry Association. 

There was one contestant from Acton in the Green Pastures 
Contest and there is also some interest in the Dairy Herd Im- 
provement Association. Eighteen farmers in Acton were en- 
rolled in the county Selective Breeding Association. 

Fruit growers as well as poultrymen and dairymen have 
availed themselves of the individual service that is furnished 
by the Extension Service whenever farm problems present 
themselves. 

Of interest to homemakers the work in the town was or- 
ganized under the chairmanship of Mrs. Cleon Phelps. Meet- 
ing on the making of slip covers, cane seating of chairs, dress 
construction, kitchen improvement, and Christmas Gift Sug- 
gestions were held within the town. In general the town is 
taking a very active interest in all the home economics projects 
developed. 

There were eight 4-H clubs in the town — 2 knitting, 2 
clothing, 1 food and 3 agricultural. In addition a number of 
girls completed the canning project as individual members. 
These clubs were under the direction of Mrs. Lawrence Wins- 
low, Mrs. Cleon Phelps, Mrs. Walter Taylor, Mrs. Frances 
Richards, Mrs. Seaward Spinney, Mrs. George Newton, Mrs. 



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Kenneth Jewell, Henry Engman, Paul Richardson and Arnold 
Berry. 4-H club work was under the supervision of the Town 
Committee, of which Edward W. Estabrook was Chairman. 

County medals in the National Contests were awarded to 
Dawn Richards, Rose Marie Spinney, and Philip Rimbach. 
Arnold Davis was given a cash award on his excellent dairy 
v/ork by the Massachusetts Society For Promoting Agiiculture. 
He was also Third in the County Dairy Judging Contest and 
won First on his calf in the County Dairy Show at Littleton. 
Frederick Richards was awarded a Bailey Medal on his fine 
garden. Kenneth Kienow attended State Junior Leaders' 
Camp, Howard Briggs was awarded 75 chicks on his excellent 
poultry record. Philip Rimbach won numerous prizes on his 
poultry and purebred dairy calf. 



REPORT OF TOWN FOREST C OMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

The Town Forest Committee submits the following report 
for the year 1948. 

No additional forest land has been purchased or acquired 
during the year. 

The present forest consists of seventy-one (71) acres. 

It is recommended that the amount of $500.00 appropriated 
in 1945 for the committee remain available for possible use 
during the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, Chairman 
JAMES J. KNIGHT 



130 
REPORT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

This past year your Department of Veterans' Services has, 
we feel, been operating with a very high degree of efficiency 
and success, even though sometimes hampered by continuous 
changes in the laws, rules and regulations as well as a growing 
tendency on the part of the general public to feel that, the 
war is over, the veteran is well taken care of, his problems 
are his own, why should we be interested. 

The War is over, the flag waving has stopped, but the Vet- 
erans' problems, while not as many in numbers, are greater 
and more serious in scope and go on forever. Lack of Federal 
Hospitals and sufficient skilled help to man them is not helping 
matters either, and you, Mr. and Mrs. Public, are the ones 
that should be interested. Interested to that degree that a 
repetition of the conditions that prevailed after World War 1 
do not continue to prevail and bring about World War IH. 

We are caught up on all bonus cases favorable to the Vet- 
eran. We have had problems of most every nature applicable 
to a veteran, not as numerous but more serious. These re- 
quire more time, study and co-operation on the part of all con- 
cerned. To the Professional, Business and Layman we are 
most appreciative of their assistance and support, it has been 
extremely helpful and appreciated by both the Veteran and 
us in the department. 

REGISTER AND RECORD THAT DISCHARGE NOW. 

Sincerely, 

THERON A. LOWDEN, 

Director. 



181 
REPORT OF SCHOOL SURVEY COMMITTEE 



In accordance with the favorable action voted under Article 
25 at the town meeting of March 8, 1948, this committee was 
appointed by the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee, 
acting jointly, "to survey the school needs of the town . . . 
and to report to the town at the next annual or special town 
meeting." 

At its initial meeting it became apparent to the committee 
that *'to survey the school needs" required an examination of 
such factors as the adequacy of present buildings both in re- 
spect to size, facilities and location, the expected trend ki 
school population, the possibility of district schools, the courses 
of study which should be offered, and the relation of these 
considerations to the necessity and cost for additional school 
structures. 

Three methods of securing this needed information were 
available : 

(1) Through the services of a professional school analyst. 

(2) Through the committee itself with the assistance of 
special groups of citizens. 

(3) By a combination of methods (1) and (2). 

It was found that the expense for a professional analyst 
would be far in excess of the appropriation available, and that 
the effectiveness of a study by the committee itself would be 
limited by the time which each member could contribute. It 
therefore appeared desirable to follow the third approach. 

Efforts were made to secure the assistance of a competent 
analyst but the committee's selection was unable to accept the 
assignment because of previous commitments. A similar situa- 
tion existed in respect to others known to be competent in this 
type of study, and the committee became aware of the fact that 
capable analysts must usually be secured well in advance of 
summer vacation periods. It is our opinion that assistance of 
this nature is required. 



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The action of the School Committee in securing a new super- 
intendent, and the subsequent decision to eliminate two grades 
in a single room by the process of transporting pupils to avail- 
able facilities, has for the moment, at least, solved an objec- 
tionable condition which formerly existed. The survey com- 
mittee believed it essential to observe conditions under the 
new administration before making extensive studies. The 
problem of studying the adequacy of existing buildings, as it 
relates to future needs, is unchanged. 

It is therefore recommended that the life of the committee 
be extended for another year and that the present appropria- 
tion, none of which has been expended, be available for its use. 

JOHN M. WHITTIER 
DONALD P. SEVERANCE 
MRS. EDWARD J. BURSAW 
EDWARD A. SCHMITZ 
THEODORE G. WILLIAMS 

School Survey Committee. 



REPORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 



The Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

There were two accidents reported to me during the past 
year. Both were minor and were settled to the satisfaction 
of all concerned. 

Please report all accidents promptly to your compensation 
agent. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 
Workmen's Compensation Agent. 



133 
REPORT OF HIGH SCHOOL ROOFING COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The report of the High School Roofing Committee is here- 
with submitted. 

Not knowing what confronted us, we decided to employ an 
architect, namely Mr. Giles Smith of Belmont. After con- 
sulting him and going over the original plan of the school, it 
was decided to call in for advice a Mr. Paul Dutell, one of the 
leading roofing experts in the state. Out of courtesy to Mr. 
Smith, this was done without expense to the town, 

It was finally decided to remove all the old roof down to the 
rafters, replacing any timbers showing signs of decay, re- 
boarding and replacing any boards that were decayed. All 
ventilators and skylights were raised eight to twelve inches 
(originals were flush with roof), flashed and counter flashed. 
All flashings were of Barrett Specification, 20 yeai* guarantee, 
and counter flashed with 16 ounce copper. 

We found that although no leaks had occurred on the two 
new ells, the flashings on same were of very thin copper mem- 
brane and had developed holes and would leak very soon. 

The above were advertised for bids in The Lowell Sun. No 
bids were received from said advertisement. We sent out 
three invitation bids from which we received the following: 

E. J. Cross Co., Worcester. An estimate and not a 
bona-fide bid of $19,900.00 or cost plus $1,800.00 com- 
mission. 

Fiske Cartel- Construction Co., Worcester $16,790.00 
Atlantic Roofing & Skylight, Boston 10,442.00 

In view of the fact that we would remove the entire roof 
and that there had been considerable discussion about insula- 
tion in the past, we decided that, if possible, nov: was the time 
to do it. 

After consulting both the Selectmen and Finance Committee, 
we obtained a figure of $2,025.00 for two 1-inch layers of insu- 
lation to be laid in hot pitch. 



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As work progressed, we found that the metal cornice on 
the front and sides of building of sheet steel, instead of copper, 
had rusted through in several places and water would back 
up and run down through on inside of walls. We obtained a 
figure of $1,037.00 for covering parapet wall with standing 
seam 16 ounce copper, extending over top and caulking into 
the brick. Also covering cornice with 16 ounce copper, flashed 
and counter flashed and slanted away from building. Entire 
cornice to be painted. Also ventilators to be surrounded with 
metal to prevent snow and rain from blowing in. 

The Barrett Company will make an examination of roof 
and if it meets their specifications, a 20 year guarantee will 
be given the town by them. 

The following figures summarize the cost: 

Original bid $10,442.00 

Insulation 2,025.00 

Cornice 1,037.00 

Architect 923.61 

Bond 78.32 

Telephone 4.62 

$14,510.55 

Town Vote $15,000.00 

Total Cost 14,510.55 

Balance $489.45 

Respectfully submitted, 

ALDEN C. FLAGG 
ERVIN D. PUTNAM 
G. HOWARD REED 

High School Roofing Committee. 



135 

REPORT OF TRUSTEES OF GOODNOW FUND 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1948 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Five Cents Savings Bank $465.54 
U. S. War Bonds 3,000.00 

$3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Cliarlestown Five Cents Savings Bank $9.30 

U.S. War Bonds 75.00 

$84.30 
EXPENDITURES 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Acton $64.30 

Town of Acton for perpetual care of 

Goodnow Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 

$84.30 



CHARLES E. SMITH 
ROY H. LINSCOTT 
HORACE F. TUTTLE 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 
FOR THE YEAR 1948 

We herewith submit the following report for the year 
ending December 31, 1948. 

The account of the town treasurer shows that during the 
past year the cemetery department has received and paid into 
the treasury the sum of $2,377.75, itemized as follows: — 

Annual care of lots $600.00 

Burials 840.00 



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Rental of lowering device 144.00 

Sale of lots 440.00 

Foundations 176.75 

Miscellaneous 177.00 



S2,377.75 



We ask that these receipts may be considered in making" 
your appropriation for the current year. 

We recommend an appropriation for the care of the ceme- 
teries the sum of $5,700.00 for the year 1949. 

There has been added to the perpetual care account the past 
year, in new accounts, the sum of $1,475.00. 

An itemized account of the expenditures for the care of the 
cemeteries will be found in the report of the town accountant. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAY L. HARRIS 
HARRY E. HOLT 
HOWARD F. JONES 

Cemetery Commissioners. 



REPORT OF SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report, as Sealer of Weights 
and Measures, for the year ending December 31, 1948. 

In the past year I sealed 359 weighing and measuring de- 
vices. Adjusted 7 gasoline meter pumps and 1 spring scale. 
Two platforms and 2 spring scales were not sealed. Two spring 
scales were condemned. 

With the assistance of the Fairbanks Morse man we adjusted 
the scales in the different schools which all needed adjustment. 

The State Department of Standards loaned the equipment for 
measuring the Tank Truck Meter Systems as usual, tiiereby 



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saving our merchants time and money by not having to go out 
<of town to have this test made, 

I found the merchants very co-operative and anxious tc have 
their equipment accurate. 

Sealing fees collected $80.77, The same was turned over to 
the Town Treasurer, 

Pwespectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK, 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, 



HEPORT OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

The Trustees have signed orders to the Treasurer for three 
hundred and twenty-five dollars ($325.00) for the j^ear ending- 
December 31, 1948 after careful investigation and found worthy 
<of help from this Trust fund. 

ResjDectfully submitted, 

WALDO E. WRITCOMB, 
CLARA L. SAWYER, 
GRACE 0, LEARS, 

Trustees of the Elizabeth 
White Fund 



KEPDRT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 

To the Board of Health 
Gentlemen: 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Slaughtering 
from January 1, 1948 to December 31, 1948. 

There has been no report of slaughtering of any kind in 
Acton during the year 1948, 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 
Inspector of Slaughtering. 



138 
REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
(ientlemen : 

We respectfully submit the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1948. 

The appropriation for Welfare for 1948 was $4,500, out of 
which $3,827.87 was spent, leaving- a balance of S(>72.13. Dur- 
ing- 1948, we aided eight cases in Acton and four cases out of 
to^vn w^ith Acton settlements. At the present time, we are 
aiding- eight welfare cases, six of which are in Acton. For 
the out-of-town bills during- the past year, we paid $1,317.50 
while $2,510.37 was paid for the eight cases in Acton. In antici- 
pation of bills which will be incurred during- 1948, we find it 
necessary" to ask for an appropriation of $4,500, vhich is the 
same as last year. 

For Aid to Dependent Children, we are asking- an appropria- 
tion of $3,500. This is an increase of $500 over last year. 
During- 1948, we aided three families having- a total of five 
dependent children. Our present case load is three families 
with a total of five children. 

We are asking- for $32,000 for old Age Assistance for the 
coming- year. This is an increase of $7,000 over last year. 
On January 1, 1948, our case load was 65 and on December 
31, 1948, it was 72. During- the entire year, 87 persons w-ere 
aided under this categ-ory of assistance, 61 of these had Acton 
settlements, 16 with out-of-town settlements and 10 which were 
unsettled. Owing to the high cost of living-, state budg'etary 
standards were increased during the past year, making- it neces- 
sary to increase the grants of most of the recipients of Old 
Age Assistance. Tlie case load has also increased considerably. 

Your Board, desiring- to give you an analysis of the expen- 
ditures for 1948, submits the following: 

TEMPORARY AID 

Paid to State on Acton settled cases ....,, $717.8(> 
Paid to other places on Acton settled 

cases 599.70 



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Paid to cases in Acton 2,510.37 

?3,827.87 
Estimated reimbursements : 

from other towns $371.90 

371.90 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $3,455.97 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDEEN 

Total expended $3,508.41 

Estimated Federal Grants $679.50 

Estimated State reimbursements $1,169.46 

$1,848.96 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $1,659.45 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 

Total expended $46,249.87 

Estimated Federal Grants $20,140.30 

Estimated state reimbursements 18,257.99 

Estimated reimbursements from other 

places 1,113.51 

$39,511.80 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $6,738.07 

Appropriations recommended for 1949: 

Old Age Assistance , $32,000.00 

Temporary Aid 4,500.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 3,500.00 

Administration 1,150.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

MARY M. LAFFIN, 
WALTER B, STEVENS, 
LOSSIE E. LAIRD, 

Board of Public Welfare, 



140 
REPORT OF TREE WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit the following: report for the year ending- 
December 31, 1948. 

An appropriation of $2000 was made for this work. This 
money was used for emergency work, such as removing dead, 
broken and dangerous trees. Fourteen hundred dollars was 
us.ed for labor while $600 was for expenses. 

We have several more large trees to be removed and more 
cabling to do to save our trees and much trimming to be done. 

Because of increase in labor wages, I recommend $2500 be 
appropriated for the care of the shade trees in 1949. Of this, 
$1,750 be used for salaries and wages; $750 for expenses. 

An appropriation of $250 was made for the replacement of 
shade trees. There were 43 new trees placed throughout the 
town. I recommend that the same appropriation of $250 be 
made for the same purpose this coming year. 

Some of our trees in town need feeding badly, which will 
help a lot in keeping away some of the diseases. Last year 
the sum of $500 was appropriated for this purpose. There- 
fore, I recommend that $500 be appropriated for the feeding 
of our shade trees in 1949. 

We have a new disease to control, the Dutch Elm disease. 
We have it in nearby towns and cities. I think we should take 
some method to check as much of the Dutch Elm disease as 
possible. There are 2000 elm shade trees in this town. From 
these trees, samples were taken and sent to Amherst. Tlie 
report from Amherst was favorable — no symptoms of the 
disease was found at that time, although frequent check-ups 
are necessary. Tlierefore, I recommend that the sum of $500 
be appropriated for this work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 

Tree W^arden. 



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141 
REPORT OF MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit the following- report for the year ending 
December 31, 1948. 

An appropriation of $2000 was made for moth work last 
year, of which the running expense was about $1050 and $950 
for labor. This money was used for spraying through the town 
once for pest control and a second spray for pest control and elm 
leaf beetle through part of the town. 

The labor will be greater than last year if the work is to 
be done properly. Two extra sprays will be necessary to con- 
trol the elm beetle carrier. 

Therefore, I recommend the sum of $2,700 be appropriated 
for the suppression of the Gypsy Moth and Elm Leaf beetle 
and other necessary work to be done. Of this $1500 to be 
used fo]' labo]' and $1,200 for expenses. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 
Moth Superintendent. 



REPORT OF TOWN NURSE 



To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 

31, 1948. 

Bedside 750 

Pre-natal 175 

Post-natal 100 

Welfare 128 

Night calls 25 

Sixteen patients taken to Middlesex Sanatorium for X-ray 

and annual check-up. One patient taken to Cripple Children's 

Clinic at St. John's Hospital, Lowell. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R. N. 



142 
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The Board of Health of Acton herewith submits its report 
for the year ending December 31, 1948, together with the an- 
nual report of the Agent and Inspector of Slaughtering. With 
the passing of Ernest Allsopp the 28th of June last, we wish 
to pay tribute to his many years of faithful and diligent serv- 
ices to the welfare of the health and problems of the town 
of Acton. His many services will be long remembered by 
those associated with him. 

There were one hundred ninety-six cases of contagious dis- 
eases reported to the Board of Health during the year as listed : 

Scarlet fever 2 

Chicken pox 44 

Tuberculosis 2 

Measles 118 

Whooping cough 17 

Dog bite 10 

Pneumonia, lobar 1 

Influenza 1 

Undulent fever 1 

Dating from March 22nd to and including June 29th, the 
118 cases of measles occurred, causing some apprehension on 
the part of local health officials, town and state officials, in- 
cluding the town nurse and physicians. About the 25th of 
June, the epidemic was well under control and subsiding. The 
forty-four cases of chicken pox were between January 5th 
and March 18th, ending a few days prior to the outbreak of 
the measles epidemic March 22nd. 

We have continued to care for one (1) patient in Middlesex 
County Sanatorium for the entire year 1948. We have also 
admitted one additional patient on December 16, 1948. We 
anticipate that both patients will be confined for the entire 
year 1949. We therefore recommend the appropriation be in- 
creased from $5,000.00 to $6,000.00 for the use of this board 
for the year 1949. 



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The diphtheria clinic was held at the schools a? in th. past 
with excellent results (see report of School Nurse). 

DEATHS 

Deaths Reported 36 

Residents of Acton 30 

Residents of other places 6 

Occurring in Acton 30 

Occurring in other places 6 

Burial Permits Issued 36 

Respectfully submitted, 

BOARD OF HEALTH 
Acton, Massachusetts 

O. L. CLARK, M. D., Chairman 

L. H. CRAM 

H. LEUSHER 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, Agent 



REPORT OF THE INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Animals for the 
year 1948. 

Barns visited 47 

Cows 217 

Bulls 13 

Steers 3 

Pigs 19 

Sheep 14 

Goats 33 

Young Cattle '. 84 

Horses 19 

Dog Bites 7 

Dogs quarantined 7 

Rabies 



144 

All animals that are purchased in other states must be ac- 
companied by a certificate of health from the state of shipment. 
If not they shall have to be quarantined for a period of ninety 
days. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, 

Inspector of Animals. 



REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the Police Department for 
the year ending" December 31, 1948. Said report includes all 
arrests made within the town during* the past year. 
Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses : 

Operating without a M. V. License 6 

Going through a red light 1 

Speeding 17 

Operating so as to endanger 6 

Failing to slow at an intersection I 

Operating under the influence of liquor 7 

Refusing to stop for a Police Oflflcer 1 

Not displaying an inspection sticker 8 

Operating an unregistered motor vehicle 3 

Operating an uninsured motor vehicle 1 

Failing to stop at Stop sign 2 

Improper brakes 1 

Law of the road 5 

No hand signal , I 

No care in turning motor vehicle 1 

No front plate 2 

No registration in possession L 

Parking in rural district L 

Parking — No lights L 

Unsigned motor vehicle license L 



145 

Drunkenness 22 

Malicious injury to property 1 

Assault and Battery 3 

Desertion 1 

Collecting junk without a license 4 

Larceny 4 

Keeping dynamite without a license 1 

Transporting dynamite without a license 1 

Blasting caps with dynamite 1 

Pulling in false fire alarms 2 

Violation of Fish and Game laws 3 

Lewd and Lascivious cohabitation 1 

Begetting 1 

Delinquent children 1 

Arrested and turned over to other departments 3 

Motor Vehicle accident report: 

Accidents reported 65 

Occupants injured 55 

Bicyclist injured 1 

Twenty-seven licenses were suspended or revoked by the 
Registrar of Motor Vehicles for improper operation. 

Two hundred sixty-eight complaints were received and in- 
vestigated. In order to keep down the cost of printing, these 
complaints are not listed here but are on file at the Police Office 
and may be seen by any interested person. 

A 1948 Dodge Sedan was purchased for the Police Depart- 
ment from the Great Road Garage, Maynard. It was delivered 
and put into service on April 6th. This car is equipped with 
two-way radio with which we can contact either Concord or 
Maynard Police Stations. It also has been converted into an 
emergency ambulance and is the best equipped cruiser in the 
area. 

Call Acton 169 for Police 

All calls, day or night, should be made by calling Acton 169. 
If the officer on duty is on patrol he will be notified by radio 
of your call. If the officer is at some other place, your call will 
be transferred to that number by the operator. In an emer- 
gency, simply call Emergency Acton 169 — state the nature 



146 

of the emergency and your location before leaving the tele- 
phone. Never try to contact the officer direct by radio. 

Youi- Poh'ce Department is on duty twenty-four hours a day 
and is always willing to serve you. 

In closing, I wish to thank all the officers of this department 
who co-operated with me in carrying out the duties of the 
Police Department during the past year. I also wish to express 
our thanks to the local telephone op^erators for their prompt 
and efficient handling of our emergency calls and to the per- 
sonnel of the Concord Police Department for their radio broad- 
casts. To ail others who in any way assisted us^ we are grate- 
fuL 

Respectfully submitted,. 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Pdice- 



REPaRT OF THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Howard J, Billings, Chairman 
Murray Brown 
Arthur F. Davis 
Eugene L. Hall 
Ralph W, Piper 
Arthur M, Whitcomb 
Wendell F. Davis 
Florence A, Merriam 
Mrs. Harlan E. Tuttle 

The last three members hold office by election. The others 
are Life Members- 

Librarians 

Katherine Kinsley West Acton Branch 

Maiy Lothrop Memorial Library 

Evelyn Reed South Acton Branch 



147 

The Wachusett Library Group met in Aslibumbam in May 
and in Sterling in October, Mrs, Tuttle and I attended both 
sessions. 

The State Certificate party was held in May and 70 Honor 
Certificates were presented to the children. A magician enter- 
tained all present and the proceeds of $66.23 were nearly 
enough to purchase the table and eight small chairs now placed 
in the Children's Room, 

A Story Hour has been started with the Reverend David 
Thompson telling the stories for all Town pupils of Grades 4, 
5 and 6, and Mrs, Thompson taking Grades 1, 2 and 3. The 
attendance has been good. Those interested in the welfare 
of the children cannot express sufficient gratitude to these two 
good people who give their time so ably and freely; and to 
the Acton Woman's Club which suggested giving us free space 
and refreshments. 

The South Acton Branch is now located at the South Acton 
Department Store, with Mrs. Reed in charge. 

The Reverend Donald Yaekle very kindly put on an exhibit 
in the Library, of his collection of Bibles and Prayer Books. 
It attracted considerable attention. 

Our Library lent paintings to the Concord Library for the 
exhibit of Mr. Davis' work which was held there in late 
summer. 

Accession — Number of volumes in Library, January 1, 

1948 20,568 

Increase by purchase 273 

Increase by gift 640 

Withdrawn from circulation 788 

Number of volumes in Library January 1, 1949 20,693 

Circulation — Number of days Library was open 103 

Number of volumes circulated 17,327 

Largest daily circulation on February 18 459 

Smallest daily circulation on January 21 74 

Daily average 168 plus 

The circulation shows gain over previous year of 2,300. 



148 

This splits up as follows: 
Fiction— 10,837 Juvenile— 4,552 Non-Fiction— 1938 

The Library acknowledges with gratitude, gifts from the 
following : 

BOOKS 

Julia E. Barry, 9; Mrs. Bowden, 4; Mrs. Caouette, 12; Dr. 
James Christie, 1 ; Carl Christofferson, 1 ; Mr. and Mrs. Coles, 
15 ; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2 ; Mr. and Mrs. Richard 
Deane, 10; Mrs. Irving Duren, 3; Estate of Mrs. Wentworth 
Stewart of Concord, 94 ; Federal Government, 1 ; Fitchburg 
Public Library, 1 ; Mrs. Laura Forbes, 4 ; Dr. and Mrs. W. W. 
Forbes, 52; Mrs. Otto Geer, 5; Charles Greenough, 1; Mr. 
Guionon, 1 ; Reverend and Mrs. Charles W. Henry, 80 ; Mr. 
and Mrs. Heyliger, 11; Mrs. B. L. Hinckley, 14; Saul Joftes, 1; 
Irene Lehtinen, 1; Edith MacMillan, 2; Robert Murray, 34;^ 
Mrs. Mildred Pope Moore, 99; Mrs. Ralph Piper, 2; South 
Acton Branch, 3; Mr. and Mrs. Stinson, 33; W. A. Stevens, 11; 
Woodbury Stevens, 18 ; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. White. 84 ; Harry 
A. Williams, 30; Mrs. Donald Yaekle, 1. 

MAGAZINES 

Mrs. Otto Geer, Mrs. Sturtivant, Estate of Mrs. Wentworth 
Stewart of Concord, Mrs. Olsen, Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Harris, 
Edith MacMillan, W. B. Stevens, and E. H. Washburn. 

FINANCIAL RECEIPTS 

Fines $177.45 

Miscellaneous 5.87 

Sale of books 17.55 



$200.87 



MARY LOTHROP, 

Librarian. 




MMU REPORT 



OF THE 



^4^1i(Mil ll«''|iarttneial 



OF THE 



TOWN OF ICTOI 



M A S S A ( II I S E T T S 



FOR THE YEAR 

ENDING DECEMBER 31 

1948 

MURPHY a SNYDER. MAYNARD, MASS 



2 
ORGANIZATION 



School Committee 

Mr. Ralph W. Stearns, Chairman Term expires 1949 

Mrs. G. Howard Reed Term expires 1949 

Mr. Ernest Simpson Term expires 1950 

Mrs. Hazel P. Vose Term expires 1950 

Mr. Donald Severence Term expires 1951 

Mrs. Gertrude Tuttle Term expires 1951 

Meeting^s of the School Committee 

Regnlar meeting's of the school committee are held the 
second Monday of each month in the high school at 7:30 p.m. 
Exceptions may be made during July and August. 

Superintendent 

Whitman Pearson 
Office — High School Building, Telephone 110 

School Physician Ernest A. Mayell, M. D. 

East Acton, Telephone 345-3 

(Resigned June, 1948) 

Paul P. Gates, M. D. 

West Acton, Telephone 412 

School Nurse Mrs. Simon D. Taylor, R. N, 

North Acton, Telephone 33-22 

Attendance Officer Louis Leveroni 

West Acton, Telephone 110 

Custodians r 

High School, Tel. 110 Louis Leveroni 

Center School, Tel. 86 W. Burton Harvey 

South School, Tel. 445 Kenneth Harvey 

West School, Tel. 105 Ernest G. Banks 



3 

Tentative Calendar for 1949 . 

Monday, January 3, Schools Open 
Friday, February 18, Schools Close 

Monday, February 28, Schools Open 
Friday, April 15, Schools Close 

Monday, April 25, Schools Open 
Monday, May 30, Memorial Day 
Friday, June 10, Elementary Schools Close 
Friday, June 10, High School Graduation 
Friday, June 17, High School Closes 

School Year 1949-1950 

September 7, High School Opens 
September 12, Elementary Schools Open 
October 12, Columbus Day 
October 21, Teachers' Convention 
November 11, Armistice Day 
November 24 and 25, Thanksgiving Recess 
December 23, Schools Close 

1950 

January 2, Schools Open 
February 17, Schools Close 
February 27, Schools Open 
April 14, Schools Close 
April 24, Schools Open 
May 30, Memorial Day 
June 16, Elementary Schools Close 
June 16, High School Graduation 
June 23, High School Closes 

No School Signal — All Sch<ools All Bay 

7:00 a.m., fire whistle in all precincts — 2-2-2-2 

7:00-8:00 a.m., radio announcements over WBZ and WEEl 



■4 
REPORT OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

To the Inhabitants of Acton: 

The year 1948 has brought many new ideas and changes 
to our school system. Most of them have been ably set out 
in the report of our Superintendent, Whitman Pearson. Inci- 
dentally, Mr. Pearson came to us after Superintendent David 
C. Bowen had resigned on account of ill health. 

The greatest innovation of the year was the re-arrangement 

of the school rooms in the three elementary schools so that 

the pupils could enjoy the advantages of a single grade in a 

single room. We anticipate that the term '*non-reader" will 

have no place in the Acton vocabulary henceforth. 

This move was also a striking example of what can be done 
by using the facilities at hand rather than saddling the tax- 
payers with expensive bond issues and other outlay for the 
construction of new buildings at a time when costs are so ex- 
cessive. 

When this change-over was suggested to Mr. Pearson, he 
worked out the details of it promptly; planned the necessary 
transportation with Mr. Laffin; and, when the schools opened 
a few weeks later in September, one grade only in a room had 
become an accomplished fact. 

Two new members were elected to the Committee: Mrs. 
Gertrude P. Tuttle and Mr. Donald P. Severance. 

Our budget for the year 1949 reflects the increased cost of 
supplies, services, and salaries and has been kept as low as 
possible consistently with helping to train our young people 
to become good citizens. 

The year 1948 very distinctly stands out in the minds of 
the committee as one in which we have had generous co-opera- 
tion on the part of the various town departments, clubs, or- 
ganizations, committees, the entire school personnel, parents, 
and the citizens as a whole. We are grateful for it. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RALPH W. STEARNS, 

Chairman. 



Received — To Credit of Schools 

Chap. 71, S. 7A (1947-679) Transportation $2,273.58 

General School Fund (Part I) 1,330.00 

Tuition and Transportation — State Wards 236.91 

Vocational Education Tuition 106.20 

City of Boston Wards 278.69 

Town of Boxborough— Tuition 2,971.00 

Town of Westford— Tuition 251.64 

Miscellaneous Collections at High School 67.90 



$10,515.92 



Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated 1948 $85,000.00 

Expended 85,073.21 

Received by Town Treasurer (as above) 10,515.92 



Net cost of Schools and Vocational Tuition $74,557.29 

Less: Cost of New Equipment $763.19 

Net Cost of Operation 198.80 

956.99 



Net cost of Operation $73,600.30 

Expended for Operation in 1948 

High Elem, Totah 

(Gr. 7-12) (Gr. 1-6) (Gr. 1-12) 

Salaries and Wages $38,582.90 $26,165.15 $64,748.05 

Fuel 1,857.60 2,244.16 4,101.76 

Books and Supplies 2,122.12 

Transportation 

Janitor's Supplies and Power, Repairs, 

and Miscellaneous 

Libraries 

Health 

(Non-operating expense of $1,063.19 

Totals $49,937.83 $34,072.19 $84,010.02 

Less Receipts $7,832.26 $2,577.46 $10,409.72 

(Except $106.20 on vocational tuition) 



2,122.12 


1,267.04 


3,389.16 


3,175.00 


2,965.00 


6,140.00 


3,984.88 


1,285.90 


5,270.78 


90.33 


19.94 


110.27 


125.00 


125.00 


250.00 


not included) 







Net Cost of Operation $42,105.57 $31,494.73 $73,600.30 



6 

Approximate average number of pupils 235 290 525 
Average yearly cost per pupil to near- 
est dollar $179.00 $109.00 $140.00 

In addition to the above, the school department expended 
the following; 

New Equipment ., $763.19 

Tuition to Vocational Schools 300.00 

Total of these Two Items $1,063.19 

Total of Operating Expenses $84,010.02 

Total Expended $85,073.21 



Proposed Budget for 1949 

Salaries and Wag:es $73,000.00 

Supt., Prin., Teachers, and Janitors) 

Expenses $20,000.00 

(Fuel, Books and Supplies, Transportation, Tui- 
tion, Janitors' Supplies and Power, Repairs, Out- 
lay, Health, Libraries, and Miscellaneous) 

Total $93,000.00 



7 

School Membership and Attendance 

Membership by Age and Grade, October 1, 1948 

HIGH SCHOOL 
Age 

Boyis: 

Grade 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Tot. 



7 


5 


9 


8 


4 












26 


8 


1 


4 


8 


2 


2 










17 


9 
10 
11 






3 


6 
6 


1 

10 

5 


5 

7 


1 


1 




10 

22 
13 


12 












5 


4 


2 


1 


12 



6 13 19 18 18 17 5 3 1 100 

Girls: 

Grade 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Tot. 



7 


2 


2 


13 


3 














20 


8 






4 


14 


2 












20 


9 








8 


16 


5 










29 


10 








1 


4 


18 


2 


1 






26 


11 












9 


10 


2 






21 


12 














6 


8 


2 




16 




2 


2 


17 


26 


22 


32 


18 


11 


2 




132 










CENTER SCHOOL 




















Age 












Boys: 
























Grade 




5 


6 


7 


8 


9 


10 


11 


12 


13 14 


Tot. 


2 






1 


14 


1 












16 


4 










1 


12 




1 






14 


6 














2 


10 


2 


1 


15 








1 


14 


2 


12 


2 


11 


2 


1 


45 



Girls: 

Grade 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Tot. 

2 2 5 7 

4 3 5 1 9 

6 2 3 5 



3 5 3 3 21 



Grand Totals 3 19 5 17 5 14 2 1 66 

SOUTH SCHOOL 
Age 

Boys r 

Grade 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Tot. 

1 2 13 15 

3 6 9 2 1 18 

4 8 2 10 
6 4 5 2 11 

Un^r. 11 2 





2 


13 


6 9 10 


7 


6 


3 






56 


Girls: 




















Grade 


5 


6 


7 8 9 


10 


11 


12 


13 


14 


Tot. 


1 


1 


14 














15 


B 






9 4 












13 


4 






2 10 


3 










15 


6 








3 


o 


1 






9 


UngT. 










1 








1 




1 


14 


11 14 


6 


6 


1 






53 



Grand Totals 3 27 6 20 24 13 12 4 109 









WEST SCHOOL 








Age 


Boys: 
Grade 


5 


6 


7 8 9 10 11 


1 


2 


15 


2 


2 




5 


18 1 


3 






3 16 


5 






1 14 




2 


20 


18 17 1 14 


Girls: 
Grade 


5 


6 


7 8 9 10 11 


1 


2 


7 




2 




2 


6 1 


3 






4 5 11 


5 






6 10 2 




2 


9 


6 5 11 11 3 


Grand Totals 4 


29 


24 22 12 25 3 



Tot. 

19 
19 
19 
16 

73 



9 

9 

11 

18 

47 

120 



10 
REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton, Massachusetts : 

Herewith is presented my first annual report as Superin- 
tendent of Schools for Acton. 

Since this report will become a part of the public records 
and should be a valuable medium for interpreting the local 
school situation to the taxpayers and parents, it will include 
a maximum of pertinent facts and a minimum of educational 
philosophy. Your superintendent feels that the townspeople 
should know what they are receiving, and what they may ex- 
pect for the amount of money spent on education, and for their 
convenience and easy reference, appropriate sub-headings will 
be used throughout the report. The most important items 
will receive first consideration and each topic will be treated 
with deliberate brevity in view of the cost of printing involved. 

TEACHING STAFF 
Annual Replacement Problem: 

The quality of a school depends more on the ability of its 
teaching than on its buildings, equipment, or any other factor 
and Acton is fortunate in having a very capable faculty for 
the school year 1948-49. This is due, in part, to a willingness 
to employ quahfied married teachers, proximity to graduate 
schools of education, and the good work of teachers gaining 
their first experience in our system. However, the town's 
position near communities with much higher salary schedules 
make it a convenient "hunting ground" for teacher-seeking 
superintendents with the result that the Acton system has 
suffered from a constant change of personnel. 

Since this time last year, Acton has had to replace eight of 
the twenty-four teachers listed as the December, 1947 teach- 
ing staff by the former superintendent, Mr. Bowen. Obviously, 
a school system having a teacher turnover of 33 per cent suffers 
from instability, lack of continued policies and efforts, and a 
constantly unsettled relationship between teacliers and stu- 
dents. As in business, there is a great loss of efficiency while 



11 

new and often inexperienced employees are adjusting- to the 
system, and the economic solution for the labor turnover loss 
would seem to be a local salary schedule high enough to attract 
and retain well-qualified teachers. 

The American public is realizing that the laws of supply 
and demand have operated to the benefit of the school teacher, 
and that as potential teachers are attracted by the higher 
wages in oher fields, those who stay in the profession very 
naturally take the best-paying positions. Massachusetts is 
short several hundred public school teachers and the situation 
is especially grave at lower grade levels. 

Professional Training: 

Pedagogy — the science of teaching — is advancing constant- 
ly with great progress being made in the relatively new fields 
of remedial reading, abnormal psychology, audio-visual aids, 
and mental testing. To keep abreast of the latest develop- 
ments in their fields, teachers must not only read professional 
literature but take regular or extension courses under the 
auspices of nearby schools of education. 

Graduate study is not only expensive — $37.50 per subject 
per semester — but it requires the purchase of books, extra 
meals, gasoline, and other supplies. Following the practice 
of many other communities to encourage teachers to continue 
professional training while in service, a plan is being developed 
which would give salary increases to those teachers who earn 
graduate credit during 1949. 

Among the Acton teachers who have been doing graduate 
work in the field of Education during 1948 are the following: 

IN-SERVICE TRAINING DURING 1948 

Name Field Institution 

Julia L. McCarthy Elementary Reading Boston University 

Teaching of Art Maynard School Dept. 

Florence A. Merriam Elementary Reading Boston University 

Teaching of Art Maynard School Dept. 

George Adamian Secondary Education Boston University 

Carrie F. Wells Elementary Reading Boston University 

Helen R. Best Teaching of Art Maynard School Dept. 

Dardana Berry Teaching of Art Maynard School Dept. 



12 



Isabel MacPherson 
Gertrude Braman 
Evelyn Ramsdell 
Margaret White 
Albert W. Koch 
William O'Connell 
Whitman Pearson 

Specialization : 



Current Events 
Teaching of Art 
Guidance 

Teaching of English 
Secondary Education 
Secondary Education 
Secondary Education 



Boston University 
Maynard School Dept. 
Boston University 
Boston University 
Tufts College 
Boston University 
Boston University 



Since the passing of the ''little red school house" education 
has embraced so many specialized fields that successful teach- 
ers not only have to function as "general practiticmers" but as 
specialists in some field to help fill the many extra-curricular 
niches in a modern school system. Extra-curricular is no 
longer a proper term because activities such as publications, 
student council, and athletics have a high educational value, 
and are well established elements of the modern school curricu- 
lum. Accordingly, most of the Acton high school teachers 
have at least one special assignment in addition to regular 
class duties. 



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15 

GRADE SCHOOL RE-ORGANIZATION 

In the 1926 Town Report, Acton School Superintendent 
Charles W. Lawrance was critical of the two-and-three-grade 
combinations, and suggested that the one-grade-to-a-room sys- 
tem be established as soon as possible. This changeover was 
accomplished in September, 1948 with the co-operation of the 
elementary school principals, teachers, custodians, and Mr. 
Ormal Laffin, and has worked out to the satisfaction of nearly 
everyone concerned. Specific advantages have been: 

Greater teaching efficiency 

Less duplication of equipment 

Intermingling of students from all sections of town 

More attention to slow learners 

SCHOOL HOUSING 

Current schoolhouse construction costs average from $20,- 
000.00 to $30,000.00 per room, so Acton is fortunate to have 
buildings which are adequate from the standpoints of size, 
heat, and equipment. The artificial lighting is inadequate in 
the rooms which have not been equipped with fluorescent fix- 
tures, and this situation should be corrected as soon as possible. 

Three very imix)rtant repair projects were carried out during 
1948: 

Application of a new roof to the high school building 
A new ceiling in the industrial arts room 
New tile walls and waterproof floors in the boys' shower 
room. 

FIRE DRILLS 

Fire drills are held at frequent intervals and all buildings 
can be emptied with dispatch, the average time being less than 
two minutes. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Tlie school busses operated by Laffin's Garage provide Acton 
youngsters with safe transportation, characterized by the care- 
ful attention the drivers give to lessening the hazards offered 
by modern traffic conditions. To reduce the necessity of having 



IG 

students walk on our heavily traveled highways, many are 
carried who live inside the two-mile limit fixed by the State, 
and special attention is given to primary grade youngsters. 
The re-organization of the elementary schools to ehminate the 
combination grades, required the setting up of a complicated 
triangular shuttle system, to re-distribute the students after 
they assemble at their village schools. 

VISUAL AIDS 

The Armed Services very successful experience with visual 
aids, corroborated what has long been known to successful 
educators about the great teaching value of films, pictures, 
exhibits and field trips. In general, visual educational aids 
when properly used are about 50 per cent more effective than 
other teaching devices, and the results are even more satisfac- 
tory when dealing with slow-learning groups. 

The addition of a film strip projector and B-S Scope for pro- 
jecting pictures in a room which is not fitted with opaque cur- 
tains, has improved the local visual aid equipment situation, 
but there is a great need for a film strip library. 

The high school's sound moving picture projector is in con- 
stant use by the science, social studies, home economics, in- 
dustrial arts, and other departments, with the educational 
films being rented from Boston University, or supplied free of 
charge by industrial concerns. As far as possible in a limited 
time, the films are pre-viewed by the teachers concerned, and 
their teaching effect is checked by objective tests. 

A corps of "licensed projectionists" has been established to 
assist high and grade teachers with the operation of the sound 
movie projector and other equipment. To earn a license, stu- 
dents must be able to set up and operate the equipment as 
well as do some "trouble-shooting." 

Educational field trips to Concord, Boston, Salem, the Mu- 
seum of Fine Arts, and other places of historic or cultural value 
have been conducted by Mr. Koch, Miss Bridgess, Mrs. Berry, 
and other members of the faculty. These have been paid for 
by the students involved and have been integrated with the 
regular classroom lesson plans. 



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Under the direction of Mrs. Ranisdell and Miss Towne, 
English class groups have been taken to Boston at the student's 
expense and outside of school hours to see the movie versions 
of '"Macbeth" and ''Hamlet." Needless to say these experi- 
ences stimulated the ensuing class study of Shakespeare's great 
plays. 

Miss MacPherson and Mrs. Berry visited the Sears Museums 
at Harvard, Massachusetts, one Saturday. In December, a 
fourth grade group with Miss MacPherson visited the Chil- 
dren's Museum in Jamaica Plain, where they saw a movie on 
Colonial Life as well as the many interesting exhibits. 

Four View-Masters and many fine reels have been pur- 
chased from school activity funds to augment the West School's 
Visual-Aid program. 

RADIO IN EDUCATION 

A survey of the radio listening habits of modern youngsters 
corroborated your Superintendent's conviction that we are 
dealing with a "sound-conscious" generation. Two of the most 
important facts revealed by the survey were that the average 
home has from two to three radios and that the average child 
listens to the radio about four hours a day. Since radio is 
such an important influence in the lives of children, and since 
they are accustomed to learning so much by ear, it is reason- 
able to make the maximum use of the many fine radio programs 
sponsored by the State Department of Education. 

Acton schools do not have adequate radio listening facilities, 
but sets lent by teachers or students have made it possible 
for us to use the daily "Listen and Learn" programs broadcast 
by WBZ with success in elementary and high school classes. 
The teachers concerned have credited the educational radio 
programs for timeliness and realism, for improving motivation, 
for developing better listening habits, stimulating integration, 
and for increasing parent's interest in school work. 

A radio was purchased by the Center School from school 
activity funds and has been used extensively in conjunction 
with the "Listen and Learn" programs. 



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A powerful automatic phonograph was purchased from stu- 
dent contributions and other non-budget sources and has been 
used successfully for providing music for physical education, 
general recreation, dances, and music appreciation. 

AUDUBON SOCIETY NATURAL SCIENCE INSTRUCTION 

Co-operation with the Audubon Society and assumpton of 
half the cost, has provided Acton's fifth grade stduents with 
special natural science instruction adapted to the local situa- 
tion. Miss Sherburne and Mrs. Whitman, Audubon instructors, 
have emphasized the study of insects and birds, and the chil- 
dren are being taught to recognize and identify many species 
found in this vicinity. This course has proved to be an inter- 
esting and valuable adjunct to the Acton educational program. 

GUIDANCE 
Mrs. Evelyn Ramsdell, Director 

A start toward the development of an adequate Guidance 
program has been made by Mrs. Ramsdell, and the benefits of 
the counseling, and testing involved should be more apparent 
when student's course of study cards are made out for the 
1949-50 school year. Arrangements will be made for adequate 
conferences involving teachers, students, and parents so that 
individual objectives and difficulties can be taken into con- 
sideration. 

PRACTICAL ARTS 
Mrs. Mary Emerson and Mr. Ralph Stetson, Directors 

Recognizing the need for one-period Practical Arts courses 
which are available to all students, a start has been made in 
the developnent of a ''Home Management" and a "Home Me- 
chanics" course. These require enough textbook work and home 
study to carry full academic credit, but at the same time give 
students enough of the practical side of domestic problems to 
prove a definite asset to future home-makers. The Manage- 
ment course includes some cooking, sewing, budgeting, safety, 
health, consumer education, and operation of home mechanical 
devices, while the Mechanics course covers elementary carpen- 
try, electricity, and metal work, as well as window glazing and 
painting. 



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COMMUNITY SERVICE 

Under the direction of Miss Marion Towne, the Junior Red 
Cross and Student Council have successfully carried through 
the following projects: 

Collection of more than a ton of canned and fresh 
fruits and vegetables for annual Emerson Hospital 
''Harvest Day." 

Collection of Christmas greens for Bedford Vet- 
erans' Hospital. 

Junior Red Cross membership drive. 

Collection of thirty bags of clothing for National 
Children's Clothing Crusade "Bundle Day." 

Provided one hundred favors and nut cups for 
Bedford Veterans' Hospital on Valentine's Day and St. 
Patrick's Day. 

Eighty-five per cent of the West School pupils contributed 
money or gifts, or both, to help the Junior Red Cross Drive 
for the benefit of needy children in other countries, and $22.00 
was collected during the March of Dimes Drive. 

Center School students enrolled 100 per cent in Junior Red 
Cross and filled many boxes for overseas relief as well as con- 
tributing $10.00 to the March of Dimes. 

The South School pupils contributed 100 per cent to the 
Junior Red Cross and prepared many Christmas boxes. 

SURPLUS GOVERNMENT PROPERTY 

Approximately $1,000.00 worth of surplus armed services 
equipment was acquired through the Massachusetts Educa- 
tional Agency from the warehouses at Fort Devens. Included 
in the property were clamps, tubing, notebooks, file folders, 
welding rods, carbon paper, and an arc-welding set, and the 
only cost to the Town was a nominal charge for transportation. 

STUDY HABITS AND ORIENTATION COURSE 

To aid elementary students in making a satisfactory adjust- 
ment to high school conditions such as home study require- 
ments, changing classes, participation in extra-curricular ac- 



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tivities, and development of basic research methods, a new 
course has been established for all seventh grade students, 
under the direction of Miss White and Mr. Haynes. Specific 
objectives include: Efficient study habits, Notetaking*, Out- 
lining, Parliamentary practices. Neatness, Relations with 
Others, and Scientific methods of problem solving. It is hoped 
that this course will increase the number of students who con- 
tinue on to high school graduation and will materially improve 
their marks, as well as familiarize them with the methods 
necessary to achieve success outside of school in today's 
highly competitive world. 

ART DEPARTMENT 
Elsea M. Bridgess, Supervisor 

Lessons in Art have been given in Grades I through VIII as 
a requirement, and as an elective for high school students. In 
the past year, our art students have competed for prizes in 
the following contests: 

Animal Rescue League Posters 

Acton Center Women's Club Exhibition (Original Drawings 

and Paintings) 
Garden Club Posters 
West Acton Woman's Club Minstrel Show Posters 

Over thirty Christmas menu covers were made for the Junior 
Red Cross to be sent to American troops in Europe. 

Primary objectives of the art courses are the development 
of good taste, the worthy use of leisure time, and the proper 
expression of artistic talent. 

MUSIC DEPARTMENT 
John M. Priske, Dii-ector 

An increasing interest in the development of cultural leisure 
time activities emphasizes the importance of music in the 
school curriculum, and Acton students have the benefit of in- 
struction in singing, music appreciation, and instrumental 
work. 

Early in 1949 a program of pre-band instrument instruction 
is to be inaugurated in the elementary schools, and Director 



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Priske is constantly working to provide more complete inte- 
gration of the vocal and instrumental programs at all levels. 

In January, the Boys' Glee Club gave a very successful 
Winter Concert, and the boy singers contributed to the success 
of many school events during the remainder of the school year, 
including the Commencement Exercises in June. The Annual 
Spring Music Festival was presented in April, and all of the 
elementary school children participated in this event which was 
so well received that a repeat performance was given. 

A Musicale was presented in December by the Girls' Glee 
Club, and the program included three professional guest artists : 
Jeannette Leyssens Pearson, premiere danseuse, formerly of 
the Royal Opera of Belgium ; Helen Dow, pianist ; and Director 
John M. Priske, baritone. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 
Girls' Director: Marjorie Curry 

Boys' Directors: William O'Connell, Vincent Quagliozzi 
The schools have a good physical education and health pro- 
gram for girls under the direction of a physical training spe- 
cialist, Miss Curry, but the program for boys, inspite of the 
efforts and time volunteered by Mr. O'Connell, Mr. Quagliozzi, 
and Miss Curry after regular school hours, has failed to reach 
a majority of the boys in the system. Consequently, the boys 
not only feel slighted in a field which is so important to them, 
but they have a surplus of physical energy which may give 
rise to discipline problems, they find themselves behind the 
players of other schools in the development of basic physical 
skills, and they lack self-confidence. 

By revising the high school schedule of classes for the next 
school year, it may be possible to free Mr. Quagliozzi, a quali- 
fied physical education director, from some of his academic 
duties, so that he and Miss Curry can establish a comprehen- 
sive program which will reach all students. 

To avoid the ''run in, run around, and run out" characteris- 
tics of the average gymnasium program this part of the school 
work would have these basic objectives: 

Maintenance of health and inculcation of good health habits 



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Promotion of Normal growth 

Attention to emotional development, with emphasis on obey- 
ing the rules, sportsmanship, group loyalty, acquisition of 
skills, and instruction in games which have carry-over 
value for adult life. 

At least two hours of physical education per week for each 
high school student, and one hour for each elementary 
school student. 

1948 Physical Education Program: 

As an indication of the type of program which should be 
developed for boys as well as girls a portion of Miss Curry's 
1948 Lesson Plan is reproduced below: 



Elementary Level: 




FALL: 


WINTER: 


Rhythmic Activity 


Class Room Games 


Small Group Play 




Large Group Play 




Team Games 




Junior and Senior High Level : 




Seventh Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER : 


Marching Tactics 


Various Games 


Volleyball 


Tumbling 


Fistball 


Lead-up Games Basketball 


Eighth Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER: 


Locomotor Pvelays 


Games Indoor Type 


Lead-up Games 


American Folk Dancing 


Ninth Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER: 


Lead-up Games 


Indoor Games 


Relays 


European Folk Dancing 


Speedball 







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Tenth Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER: 


Skills involved in Hockey 


Basketball 


Lead-up Games of Hockey 


Badminton 




Social Dancing 


Eleventh Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER : 


Hockey 


Carry Over Games 




European Folk Dancing" 




Basketball 


Twelfth Grade: 




FALL: 


WINTER: 


Hockey 


Body Mechanics 




Basketball 




Modern Creative Dance 



Varsity girls' basketball and hockey teams were selected 
from Freshman through Senior Class. Practice was held on an 
average of two afternoons a week. 



ATHLETICS 

Faculty Manager: William O'Connell 
Coaches: Marjorie Curry, Vincent Quagliozzi 

Athletics, including interscholastic competition, are an in- 
tegral part of American education and as such should be sup- 
ported by regular school funds or by special town appropria- 
tion, not by magazine drives, "'Booster Day" contributions, or 
box office receipts, all of which are uncertain sources of reve- 
nue. Many towns, such as Tewksbury and Chelmsford, have 
special subsidies for athletics, while others consider athletic 
costs as a regular school expense. The money-raising activities 
so ably promoted by Faculty Manager O'Connell represent a 
little-used and generally unsatisfactory method of supporting 
a regular school activity and should be abandoned in favor of 
a better system. 

The continued participation of Acton in the Wachusett 
League is open to question by the Superintendent, the Faculty 



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Manaser, the Coaches, and the members of the Student Coun- 
cil for the following- reasons: 

Little ''natural" rivalry between Acton and m.ost of the 
teams of the leag-ue. Maynard, Stow, and Sudbuiy g-ames 
would promote more interest. 

Disadvantage of Acton as to relative size of student body, 
available facilities, and geographical location. 
Larg-e number of g-ames and health and safety hazards in- 
volved by winter travel. 
Cost of officiating' ($10.00 per official) and overhead. 

Accordingly, it is proposed that Acton resig^n from the 
League at the end of the present schedule. A new program 
would be developed emphasizing the following: 

Intra-mural games 

Inter-scholastic games with nearby schools 

Afternoon games when possible 

Elimination of mid-week evening games and travel 

Introduction of sports having maximum carry-over 

value to adult living. 

1948 Athletic Program: 

BOYS: GIRLS: 

Intra-mural basketball Field Hockey 

Intra-mural baseball Varsity Basketball 

Junior high school basketball 
Varsity basketball 
Varsity baseball 

The boys' athletic program is a desirable supplement to a 
regular physical education program but not a substitute for 
one. 

WEST SCHOOL 
Carrie F. Wells, Principal 

The inauguration of the one-grade system in September 
made it necessary to provide another classroom at the West 
School, and an attractive room was developed from the old 
'*Iunch-room" by Custodian Ernest Banks, 

State certificate reading is carried on in Grades III and V, 



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On American Education Day, November 19, sixty-five par- 
ents and friends took advantage of the invitation to visit West 
School classes. 

Seeds and pictures were sold to purchase magazines and 
balls. 

One-third of the students purchase milk daily. 

CENTER SCHOOL 
Dardana F. Berry, Acting Principal 

There is great need for an extension of the playground fence, 
which would prevent youngsters from straying carelessly on 
to Route 27. In spite of excellent supervision by the teachers 
and Mr. Harvey, playground activities and misdirected balls 
create a hazardous condition, which might be eliminated by 
proper fencing. 

One-half of the pupils purchase milk daily. 

State certificates for reading are granted under the direc- 
tion of Miss Lothrop, Town Librarian. 

Playground equipment has been purchased by contributions 
of last year's combination Grade V and VI, and the sale of 
seeds. 

About forty parents visited the school on American Educa- 
tion Day in spite of the weather. 

SOUTH SCHOOL 
Julia L. McCarthy, Principal 

In order to accommodate four single grades. Custodian Ken- 
neth Harvey developed another classroom from the '*lunch- 
room" as was done at the West School. Old furniture and 
usable parts were utilized to furnish a new classroom at no 
cost to the town. All three custodians gave freely of their 
own vacation time to help get the ''re-organized" facilities 
in condition for the opening of school. 

The abundance of poison ivy in the area adjacent to the 
school playground is a menace when youngsters pursue mis- 
directed balls over the fence and the noxious weed continually 
defies efforts to keep it from spreading into the school play- 



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ground. A special attempt to eliminate this hazard will be 
made during the spring of 1949. 

Playground equipment was purchased from school activity 
funds raised by the sale of seeds and pictures. 

State reading certificates are available by arrangement with 
the town library. 

Over 50 per cent of the students purchased milk during 
lunch period. 

CONCLUSION 

Your Superintendent feels that Acton people should not 
over-emphasize the desirability of new school buildings as is 
being done in so many communities. Acton children benefit 
by many fine educational features of their school system which 
are by no means common to all American or Massachusetts 
youngsters. Our excellent teaching staff has the use of the 
latest educational equipment, many fine reference works, a 
good high school library, and up to date textbooks. Most edu- 
cators agree that effective education requires first, good teach- 
ers; second, adequate equipment; and third, satisfactory 
housing. Since the last two elements are relatively stable, it 
is the first and most important which should cause the most 
concern. If the school system can attract and hold good teach- 
ers, there will be no question as to the quality of local educa- 
tion for effective education is a question of personnel, not 
buildings. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WHITMAN PEARSON, 
Superintendent of Schools. 



27 
REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. Whitman Pearson 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Dear Sir: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

The usual physical examinations were completed in No- 
vember. 

Early in the fall special examinations were conducted for 
those students participating in competitive athletics. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, Schick Tests and 
inoculations for diphtheria were given in May to the lower 
grades and pre-school groups in the three precincts. I wish 
to thank the superintendent, the townspeople, the teachers, and 
the schoO'l nurse for their co-operation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

PAUL P. GATES, M. D. 



REPORT OF SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. Whitman Pearson 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Dear Sir: 

Report for the school year ending December, 1948. 

Through the winter months there were a few cases of the 
n.sual communicable diseases. In March and April the number 
of measles cases ran rather high in the three grade schools. 
This fall, however, the schools have been very free of sickness. 

A pre-school clinic was held in April in each of the grade 
schools, allowing the parents to register children entering 



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school in September for the first time. Tlie children were exam- 
ined by the School Physician and he made recommendations 
for corrections of defects found. A Diphtheria Clinic was 
held in May. Many pre-school children were given the Schick 
Test and immunized against diphtheria. Booster shots were 
given where indicated to children previously done. With diph- 
theria still quite prevalent throughout the state, the Diphtheria 
Clinic is always well attended and wisely so. 

The annual school physical examinations were completed 
early in November by Dr. Paul Gates. Notices were sent to 
parents of conditions needing attention and follow-up visits 
made to homes in an endeavor to have defects corrected. 

May I thank the teachers and the superintendent for their 
ever-ready help and support. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R. N. 



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GRADUATION, JUNE 11, 1948 



AWARDS 

Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship of $50.00 
Joan Lois Christofferson 

Acton High School Scholarship of $100.00 
Lois Mae Col well 

National Honor Society Pins 

The top 15 per cent of the graduating class 

Shirley Elizabeth Cobleigh 
Lois Mae Colwell 
Edmund M. Curley 
PhylHs Morse 
Mary Elizabeth Sexton 
Maurice Michael Simeone 
Elliot Wilson Strong 

American Legion Medals 

To the best all around boy and girl in the senior class as 
judged for scholarship, loyalty, and achievement. 

Raymond Lee Stuart 
Betty Ann Teele 

Washington and Franklin Medal 

Awarded by the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the 
American Revolution for excellence in the study of United 
States History. 

Phylh's Morse 

Good Citizenship Certificate 

Awarded by the National Society of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution to a Good Citizen of Acton High 
School for the current year, who has demonstrated through 



so 

her entire course qualities of dependability, leadership^ 
service, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. 

Mary Elizabeth Sexton 

Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award Medal 

For achieving the highest scholastic record in science 
course during high school. 

Elliot Wilson Strong 

Rensselaer Medal for excellence in science and mathematics 
Elliot Wilson Strong 

Pweader's Digest Award 

A year's subscription to the Reader's Digest presented 
in recognition of past accomplishment and in anticipation 
of unusual achievement to come. 

Elliot Wilson Strong 



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GRADUATES, 1948 



Barbara Louise Beach 
Florence Lx)rraine Brazee 
John Scranton Byers 
Joan Lois Christofferson 
Shirley Elizabeth Cobleig-li 
Lois Mae Colweli 
Edmund M, Curlev 
Kichard M. Deane 
George H, Dickson 
John F. Feely 
Robert George French 
Norman Arthur Frizzle 
Marion Louise Howe 
Richard George Howell 
Mildred Louise Hurley 
Eleanor Marguerite Justice 
Shirley May Kennedy 
Doris Ruth MacGregor 
Catherine Vinnie McKelvie 
Orson K. Miller, Jr. 
Phyllis Morse 



Elizabeth Mae Murray 
Stephen Weils Page, Jr. 
Harold Lathem Pellett, Jr, 
George F. Penney 
Barbara Jean Peterson 
Beverly Ann Richardson 
Clyde Llewellyn Richardson 
David H, Rimbach 
Ethel Dymphna Roche 
Edward Rooney 
Mary Elizabeth Sexton 
Daniel W. Sheehan 
Maurice Michael Simeone 
Ralph Eugene Smith 
Robert Milton Smith 
Elliot Wilson Strong 
Raymond Lee Stuart 
Betty Ann Teele 
Henrietta Gertrude Walther 
Francis Gerard Ward 
Jean Marie White 



INDEX 

First Section 

Assessors 80 

Board of Health 142 

Inspector of Slaughtering 137 

Cemetery Commissioners 135 

Elizabeth White Fund 137 

Fence Viewers, Report of 127 

Finance Committee 2 

Fire Department 126 

Forest Warden 126 

High School Roofing Committee 133 

Inspector of Animals 143 

Librarian's Report 146 

Middlesex County Extension Service 128 

Moth Superintendent 141 

Police Department 144 

Playground Site Committee 86 

Presidential Election, Nov. 2, 1948 39 

School Survey Committee 131 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 136 

Selectmen's Report 22 

State Audit 69 

Superintendent of Streets 127 

Tax Collector 82 

Town Accountant 97 

Balance Sheet, December 31, 1948 122-125 

Town Clerk's Report 48 

Births 49 

Marriages 54 

Deaths 57 

Non-Resident Burials 59 

Dog Licenses 61 

Jury List (Revised) 1948 68 



Town Forest Committee 129 

Town Meeting (Abstract) March 8, 1948 24 

Town Nurse 141 

Town Officers 16 

Appoinments by Selectmen 18 

Treasurer's Report 87 

Tree Warden 140 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 135 

Veterans Services 130 

Welfare Department 138 

Warrant, Monday, March 7, 1949 3 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 132 

Second Section 

Schools : 

Calendar— 1949-1950 3 

Budgets for 1949 6 

Financial Report 5 

Graduation Awards 29 

Graduates— Class of 1948 31 

Organization 2 

« 

Reports of Principals of Elementary Schools and 

Supervisors 18 

School Committee 4 

School Nurse 27 

School Physician 27 

Statistics 7 

Superintendent 10 

Teachers 13 



1949 AMUAL REPORTS 

/^l jtk& ^eo^e^al Ojjjicial BacPidU 

For the Year Ending December Tbirty-first 




Town of Acton, Massachusetts 



iH9 MNUU REPORTS 

j&^ ike ^eiJ^e^al O^iclai lloanJU 

For the Year Ending December Thirty-first 




Town of Acton, Massachnsetts 



Murphy & Snyder, Maynard, Massachusetts 



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REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

Because of the rapidly rising costs in the administration 
and expenses for all the departments in the Tov/n of Acton, 
your Finance Committee believes that a more detailed report 
than usual is necessary. 

Your Finance Committee, from time to time, visits the sev- 
eral departments of the Town, to view the physical aspects of 
each, and before submitting their several budgets to the 
voters, the Committee interviev/s each board, or committee, 
with the object of getting their co-operation, to reduce all un- 
necessary expenditures. 

Any appropriations beyond those recommended by the 
Finance Committee will contribute to an additional increase 
in the 1950 tax rate. 

After a budget is submitted and is voted at Town Meeting, 
no department, board or committee, has the legal right to ex- 
ceed its allotted budget. 

If the budgets are exceeded, those spending the money may 
have to explain to the voters the reason why. ^ 

You vote a certain amount of money under the heading of 
"Reserve Fund", to be transferred under the jurisdiction of 
the Finance Committee to the several Town accounts, in the 
case of unforeseen expenses, an epidemic, or crisis. 

Inasmuch as the Finance Committee is available through- 
out the year, we will not approve a transfer unless consulted 
before the money is spent. 

There follows a detailed report of how the Reserve Fund 
was expended for the year 1949. 

Reserve Fund Transfers To 

Board of Health 

Expenses $795.63 

Salaries 978.79 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,700.00 

Tree Warden, Salary and Wages 300.00 

Expenses 200.00 



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Police Uniforms 50.00 

Workmen's Compensation 125.00 

Fire Dept, Maintenance, Expense 416.54 

Selectmen, Salaries 24.10 

Collector, Salaries 97.74 

Veterans' Benefits, Expense 9.60 

Library, Salaries 19.50 

Cemeteries 73.76 

Firemen's Benefit Expense 7.75 



$4,798.41 

The Finance Committee does not recommend any major ex- 
penditure at this time until the problem of schools is better 
defined. 

As regards the new Fire House, while the Fire House Build- 
ing Committee has done its duty in bringing in plans, etc., the 
Finance Committee feels that there should be greater con- 
sideration given to the overall construction problem. 

It is our opinion that a survey of the Town should be made 
immediately with professional assistance to consider the fol- 
lowing matters : 

School Buildings 

Fire Department Buildings and Needs 

Town Water Supply 

Laying Out New Streets 

Town Hall 

Cemetery Lands 

In the budget alone there follows, set up by Departments, 
what has happened since 1946. 

Expended in: 1946 1947 1948 1949 

General Government $8,171.07 $8,339.28 $10,308.45 $10,027.23 

Bldgs. and Grounds 3,437.52 3,694.85 4,155.27 4,578.30 

Protection of Persons 

and Property 13,963.07 18,708.68 21,042.86 23,623.27 

Health and Sanitation.... 4,397.02 5,019.03 5,168.21 7,924.42 

Highways 43,585.80 39,635.69 52,609.12 53,524.50 

Charities 44,706.08 50,033.79 55,025.60 66,985.10 

Veteran's Aid 1,756.66 3,465.71 2,427.49 3,790.25 

Education 70,285.76 79,096.75 85,073.21 92,205.93 

Libraries 2,083.54 2,030.42 2,348.27 2,848.14 



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Recreation 409.43 1,593.35 729.24 1,999.56 

Unclassified 1,664.59 2,073.99 2,663.44 2,705.76 

Cemeteries 2,931.62 4,082.26 4,894.98 5,669.32 

Maturing Debt and In- 
terest 2,190.00 1,165.00 1,150.00 1,135.00 

$199,582.16 $218,938.80 $247,596.14 $277,016.78 
Increase over the pre- 
vious year 19,356.64 28,657.34 29,420.64 

It is apparent, however, that Education and Charities are 
responsible for the greater part of these advancing costs. 

While in the spirit of service, the additional amounts asked 
by the several departments do not seem to the Finance Com- 
mittee to be excessive, the aggregate is an additional amount 
over last year of $29,158.00. 

We take this opportunity to thank the many Committees 
and several Boards for their co-operation. 

W. STUART ALLEN 
ROBERT F. CHARLES 
PRENTICE M. BLOOD 
JOHN M. WHITTIER 
HERBERT W. MERRIAM 
PORTER G. JENKS 

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21 
TOWN OFFICERS 



Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 

Lawrence Donnelly Term expires 1950 

Arthur W. Lee Term expires 1951 

George S. Braman Term expires 1952 

Town Clerk 

Harlan E. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

William Henry Soar 

• 

Assessors 

Albert P. Durkee Term expires 1950 

James W. Baker Term expires 1951 

Carl C. Flint Term expires 1952 

Collector of Taxes 

Carrie M. Durkee 

Tree Warden 

James J. Knight 

Board of Public Welfare 

Walter B, Stevens Term expires 1950 

Lossie E. Laird Term expires 1951 

Mary M. Laffin Term expires 1952 

Constables 

Ivar Peterson Robert G. Willett 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Michael Foley 



22 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Harry E. Holt Term expires 1950 

Ray L. Harris Term expires 1951 

Howard F. Jones Term expires 1952 

School Committee 

Ernest Simpson Term expires 1950 

Hazel P. Vose Term expires 1950 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1951 

Donald R. Severance Term expires 1951 

Marion C. Reed Term expires 1952 

Charles V. Sturdivant Term expires 1952 



Trustees of Memorial Library 

Wendell F. Davis Term expires 1950 

Florence A. Merriam Term expires 1951 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term expires 1952 



Board of Health 

Herbert L. Leusher Term expires 1950 

Lowell H. Cram Term expires 1951 

0. Lawrence Clark Term expires 1952 

Agent of Board of Health 

Edward J. Higgins 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Clara L. Sawyer Term expires 1950 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term expires 1951 

Grace 0. Lears Term expires 1952 

Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Arno H. Perkins Term expires 1950 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term expires 1951 

James B. Wilson Term expires 1952 



23 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term expires 1950 

Clarence Frost Term expires 1951 

Herbert Merriam Term expires 1952 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Charles E. Smith Term expires 1950 

Roy H. Linscott Term expires 1951 

Horace F. Tuttle Term expires 1952 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1949 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 
Office: Town Hall Hours: 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Meetings: Board of Selectmen, Tuesday evenings at 7:30 

Board of Public Welfare 
First and third Mondays at 4:00 

Finance Committee 

W. Stuart Allen Robert F. Charles 

John M. Whittier Prentice W. Blood 

Herbert W. Merriam Porter G. Jenks 

Superintendent of Streets 

Russell C. Berry 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones Term expires 1950 

Registrars of Voters 

James B. Wilson Term expires 1950 

Grace J. Cullinane Term expires 1951 

Julia A. Barry , Term expires 1952 

Harlan E. Tuttle Ex-Officio 



24 
Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Alice C. Duren 
Clerk — James A. Wayne 
Inspector — Roy H. Linscott 
Inspector — Paul A. Coughlin 
Deputy Warden — Gertrude M. O'Neil 
Deputy Clerk— Helen R. Best 
Deputy Inspector — Paul C. Cornwall 
Deputy Inspector — Leo T. McCarthy 
Teller — Marion C. Jewell 
Teller— Mary F. McCarthy 

Precinct II 

Warden — Doris Soar 
Clerk— Gladys M. Connolly 
Inspector — Marian L. Piper 
Inspector — Sophia Walsh 
Deputy Warden — Marion H. Wilmot 
Deputy Clerk — Anne R. Christofferson 
Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 
Deputy Inspector — Margaret F. Heath 
Teller — Martha I. Lowden 
Teller— Catherine G. Ward 

Precinct III 

Warden — Marion C. Reed 
Clerk — Mary M. Laffin 
Inspector — Isabel G. Sked 
Inspector — Frances A. Hurley 
Deputy Warden — Bertram D. Hall 
Deputy Clerk — Annie E. Smith 
Deputy Inspector — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Inspector — Margaret H. Allsopp 
Teller — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Teller — Barbara J. McPhee 



25 

Fire Engineers 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Chief Engineer 

Clarence Frost, Asst. Engineer — Precinct I 

Lloyd W. Priest, Asst. Engineer — Precinct II 

Arno H. Perkins, Asst. Engineer — Precinct III 

Cattle Inspector 

Arno H. Perkins 

Forest Warden 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Dog Officer 

Arthur Eraser 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Edward W. Estabrook 

Town Forest Committee 

Emery D. Nelson Term expires 1950 

James J. Knight Term expires 1951 

Arno H. Perkins Term expires 1952 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood Charles E. Smith 

Fence Viewers 

Robert G. Willett Edward W. Estabrook 

Louis F. Leveroni 

Field Drivers 

William H. Tillson Benjamin H. Sawyer 

Benjamin E. Derby 

Superintendent of Moth Work 

James J. Knight 



26 



Police Officers 

♦Michael Foley, Chief 
Edward J. Collins Roy H. Linscott 

Viola M. Foley Ray L. Harris 

Benjamin H. Sawyer Edward J. Higgins 

George A. Morse Louis F. Leveroni 

Merle R. Morse 

* Civil Service — Permanent 

Burial Agent 

Edward J. Higgins 

Veteran's Agent 

Edward J. Higgins 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

John J. Bradley 

Superintendent of Goward Field 
Russell C. Berry 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Howard L. Jones 

Director of Veterans' Services 

Theron A. Lowden 

Public Weighers 

William Braman Philip Newell 

G. Howard Reed Thomas Hearon 

John William Davis Albert R. Jenks 

A. W. Davis Porter G. Jenks 

M. B. Ferber Louise Garceau 

Willard Houghton Ruth Durkin 

Waino J. Kangas Otis J. Reed 



27 
SELECTMEN'S REPORT 



To the Citizens of the Town of Acton, we hereby submit re- 
ports of the several departments under the supervision of the 
Board of Selectmen. 

During the year 1949, the Board has held 52 regular and 4 
special meetings, as well as attending public hearings and 
meeting with the County Commissioners and the several state 
departments. 

On May 18, 1949, we received a notice from the Building 
Inspection Department of the Massachusetts Department of 
Public Safety, reporting certain members of truss supporting 
roof of the Town Hall to be split and open at joints caused by 
strain. Also the foundation walls at both rear corners are 
cracked open, and requested that we secure the services of a 
licensed engineering concern to inspect and report on the 
structural condition of the building. This to be done before a 
renewal inspection certificate could be issued. The Board se- 
cured the services of a licensed engineering concern and they 
have made their inspection and have reported their findings 
with their recommendations to both the Department of Pub- 
lic Safety and the Town of Acton. As our certificate expires 
March 1, 1950 and we must have it renewed before that date, 
we have instructed this engineering concern to draw up plans 
and specifications so that we may get the final approval from 
the Department of Public Safety. An article has been inserted 
in the town warrant to cover expenses of this work and we 
have requested a six months extension of the inspection certi- 
ficate for this hall. 

On July 27, 1949, the Board met with the School Survey 
Committee to fill 2 vacancies on their committee. The follow- 
ing were appointed: Harrington Moore, Strawberry Hill Road 
and Charles Sturdivant, Prospect Street. 

We have received many requests from townspeople to paint 
and clean up the interior of the Town Hall and an article has 
been inserted in the annual warrant to rewire, paint and make 
necessary repairs to both upper and lower halls. 



28 

We have been notified that the town must comply with 
Chapter 529 of the Acts of 1949 regarding the appointment of 
a wire inspector. This chapter states that a town shall, by a 
vote at a town meeting, authorize the Board of Selectmen to 
appoint a wire inspector. 

The Board, at this time, would like to thank Mrs. Carrie 
Durkee for her untiring efforts and interest in the town dur- 
ing her many years of service as Tax Collector and wish her 
good health in the years to come. 

We wish, at this time, to thank all committees, department 
heads and town employees for their interest and co-operation 
during the year 1949. 

LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 
ARTHUR W. LEE 

Selectmen of Acton. 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL 
TOWN MEETING, MARCH 14, 1949 



Article 1. (Officers) To choose all necessary town officers 
and committees and fix the salary and compensation of all 
elective officers of the town. 

Chose: Grace 0. Lears trustee of the Elizabeth White Fund 
for three years. 

Chose: Herbert Merriam trustee of the Acton Firemen's 
Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: James B. Wilson trustee of the West Acton Fire- 
men's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Horace F. Tuttle trustee of the Goodnow Fund for 
three years. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tax Collector be twelve hun- 
dred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen be four hundred dollars per annum and the other 
members three hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salaries of the Assessors be two thousand 
dollars in the aggregate per annum to be apportioned as they 
may determine. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Health be twenty-five dollars per annum ; the clerk fifteen dol- 
lars and the other members ten dollars each per annum. 

Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board of 
Public Welfare be one hundred and twenty-five dollars per 
annum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars each 
per annum and that the Board of Public Welfare be authorized 
to appoint one of its members as agent, at a salary of $600.00, 
in accordance with the provisions of Section 4A of Chapter 41 
of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be three hundreti 
and fifty dollars per annum. 



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Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be eight 
hundred dollars per annum, said salary to be retroactive to 
January 1, 1949. 

Voted : That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed at $1.25 
per hour plus 75 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen dollars 
for the annual meeting and ten dollars for each special meet- 
ing. 

Article 2. (Reports) To see if the town will vote to ac- 
cept the several reports of the town officers and boards or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the town officers 
and that a vote of thanks be extended to the High School Roof- 
ing Committee for their time and effort in repairing the roof. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Report of Fire House Committee 
Precinct I 

Present Building 

Inside 18' 8", boiler room and stairway takes off 6'. 
One stall is 17' 6" long. 

In order to get forest fire truck in, an extension had to be 
added to the front by the firemen of Acton Center with no ex- 
pense to the town except for materials. 

Present doors are 8' by T 6" and are just ordinary garage 
doors. In order to get the new truck in casings had to be taken 
off and connection caps off the side of the truck. This truck 
has to be full of water or it will not go in for height. 

The committee sees no way to remodel this building to make 
it suitable for a fire house for modern equipment as it is too 
small in three dimensions. 

After many committee meetings and on the advise of the 
architect who designed the West Concord fire house, it was 



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decided to leave the old building the way it is and build an 
entirely new fire house connected to the present building. 

The committee feels that before it can arrive at a definite 
cost it would have to have soundings taken and preliminary 
plans. 

It is the feeling of the committee that the building should 
be left as it is and can be valuable to the town for some other 
town department. 

H. STUART MacGREGOR 
LLOYD L. PRIEST 
F. WENDELL PUTNAM, Jr. 
EDWARD J. BURSAW 
WALTER B. STEVENS, Chairman 

Voted: To accept the report of the committee on the Fire 
house in Precinct 1. 

Article 4. (Memorial Day) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00, or some other sum, 
for the observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be expended 
under the direction of a committee appointed by the Board of 
Selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
(500) dollars for the observance of Memorial Day, this sum 
to be expended under the direction of a committee appointed 
by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 5. (Borrow Money) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time in 
anticipation of the revenue of the financial year beginning 
January 1, 1949 and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable 
within one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be 
given for a period of less than one year in accordance with 
Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Voted Unanimously : To authorize the Town Treasurer with 
the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money from time to 
time in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year be- 
ginning January 1, 1949, and to issue a note or notes therefor, 



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payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes as 
may be given for a period of less than one year in accordance 
with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 6. (Machinery Fund) To see if the town will vote 
to transfer the sum of $2,500.00 from the Machinery Fund to 
the Machinery Account or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of Twenty-five Hundred (2,500) 
dollars from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account. 

Article 7. (Dog Officer) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00 for the use of the 
Treasurer to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. The 
amount spent for board and disposal of dogs will be reimbursed 
by the County of Middlesex, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hundred 
Fifty (450) dollars for the use of the Treasurer, to pay the 
expenses of the local Dog Officer. 

Article 8. (Garbage) To see if the town will vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 or some other sum, so 
that the Board of Health may contract for the collection and 
disposal of garbage for a period of one year, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thousand 
(2,000) dollars, so that the Board of Health may contract for 
the collection and disposal of garbage for a period of one year. 

Article 9. (Trees) To see if the town will vote to raise 
and appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department 
for the replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
Fifty (250) dollars for the Tree Department for the replace- 
ment of shade trees. 

Article 10. (Expenses) To see what sum of money the 
town will vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary 
expenses of the several departments of the town and determine 
how the same shall be raised. 



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Voted : That the following sums of money be raised and ap- 
propriated for the several purposes hereinafter designated 
and that the same be expended only for the purposes under the 
direction of the respective boards, committees, or officers of 
the town as follows: 

General Government: 

1 Moderator $25.00 

2 Finance Committee 100.00 

3 Selectmen, Salaries and Wages 2,300.00 

4 Expenses 150.00 

5 Town Accountant, Salaries and 

Wages 800.00 

6 Expenses 50.00 

7 Treasurer, Salaries and Wages 800.00 

8 Expenses 250.00 

9 Collector, Salaries and Wages 1,550.00 

10 Expenses 300.00 

11 Assessors, Salaries and Wages 2,350.00 

12 Expenses 250.00 

13 Town Clerk, Salaries and Fees 500.00 

14 Expenses 200,00 

15 Elections and Registrations, Salaries 

and Wages 594.00 

16 Expenses 430.00 

17 Total General Government $10,649.00 

Buildings and Grounds: 

18 Buildings and Grounds, Salaries and 

Wages $2,885.00 

19 Expenses 2,930.00 



20 Total Buildings and Grounds .... $5,815.00 

Protection of Persons and Property: 

21 Police, Salaries and Wages $6,126.00 

22 Expenses including cruiser .......... 1,475.00 

23 Fire Dept., Salaries and Wages 2,865.00 



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24 Expenses 2,000.00 

25 Fire Alarm System, Labor 200.00 

26 Expenses 100.00 

27 Fire Hydrant Rental 4,126.00 

28 Forest Fire 1,500.00 

29 Sealer of Wgts. and Measures, Sal- 

aries and Wages 225.00 

30 Expenses 50.00 

31 Moth Dept., Salaries and Wages 1,500.00 

32 Expenses 1,200.00 

33 Tree Warden, Salaries and Wages .. 1,750.00 

34 Expenses 750.00 

35 Total Protection $23,867.00 

Health and Sanitation: 

36 Board of Health, Salaries and Wages $4,300.00 

37 Expenses 1,700.00 

38 Inspection of Animals 150.00 

39 Total Health and Sanitation $6,150,00 

Highways : 

40 Village Highways , $2,600.00 

41 Chapter 81 Highways 8,550.00 

42 Chapter 90 Highways 3,000.00 

43 Snow Removal 10,500.00 

44 Street Lighting 4,700.00 

45 Total Highways $29,350.00 

Charities : 

46 General Relief, Salaries and Wages $1,150.00 

47 Expenses 150.00 

48 Expenditure ; 4,500.00 

49 Old Age Expenditure 30,000.00 

50 A. C. C. Expenditure 5,500.00 

51 Total Charities $41,300.00 



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Veterans' Aid: 



52 Veterans' Benefits, Salaries and 

Wages $150.00 

53 Expenses 25.00 

54 Expenditure 5,000.00 

55 Veterans' Service, Salaries and 

Wages , 1,050.00 

56 Expenses 50.00 

57 Total Veterans' Aid $6,275.00 

Education : 

58 Schools, Salaries and Wages $73,000.00 

59-66 Expenses 20,000.00 

67 Total Education $93,000.00 

"T*"^ Libraries : 

/ 68 Libraries, Salaries and Wages $1,112.00 

/ 69 Expenses 1,100.00 

70 Books 300.00 

\^71 Total Libraries $2,512.00 

Recreation : 

72 Playgrounds $1,000.00 $1,000.00 

Unclassified : 

73 Miscellaneous Expenses $1,000.00 

74 Town Reports 800.00 

75 Workmen's Compensation 900.00 

76 Surety Bonds 365.00 

77 Total Unclassified $3,065.00 

Cemeteries : 

78 Cemeteries, Salaries and Wages $4,600.00 

79 Expenses 1,000.00 

80 Total Cemeteries , $5,600.00 



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Maturing Debt and Interest: 

81 Maturing Debt $1,000.00 

82 Interest 135.00 

83 Total Debt and Interest $1,135.00 



Total Regular Expenses $229,718.00 

Transfers under Article 10: 

Item 19. Expenses Bldgs. & Grounds $800.00 
(for repairs to fire alarm 
tanks at South Acton) 

Item 43. Snow Removal 500.00 

Items 59-66. Education Expenses .... 1,200.00 
(West Acton School Playground) 

Item 72. Recreation Improvement 

Goward Field 1,000.00 

Total Transfers from S. R. Acct. 

under Article 10 $3,500.00 

Total under Article 10 $233,218.00 

Total Voted to be raised and appro- 
priated under Article 10 $229;718.00 

Special Articles: 

Art. 4. Memorial Day $500.00 

Art. 7. Dog Officer 450.00 

Art. 8. Collection of Garbage 2,000.00 

Art. 9. Tree Dept., New Trees 250.00 

Art. 12. Painting Traffic Lines 200.00 

Art. 13. Construction of Main St. .. 3,000.00 

Art. 14. Snow Fence 200.00 

Art. 17. Uniforms. Police Dept 150.00 

Art. 19. Playground Study 200.00 

Art. 20. Feeding Shade Trees 500.00 

Art. 23. Plans for Fire House, Pet. 1 400.00 

Art. 24. Tree Dept. — Poison Ivy .. 1,500.00 



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Art. 25. Mt. Hope Cemetery 800.00 

Art. 27. Repairs Town Clock 200.00 

Art. 36. Insurance 700.00 

Art. 39. Unpaid Bills 170.36 

Total Special Articles $11,220.36 



Total Voted to be raised and appro- 
priated $240,938.36 

Transfers: 

Art. 6. Machinery Account $2,500.00 

Art. 10. Severalltems 3,500.00 

Art. 11. Snow Plow 800.00 

Art. 15. Chapters 81 and 90 23,825.00 

Art. 16. Equipment Fire Dept 1,200.00 

Art. 18. Gas Masks Fire Dept 1,500.00 

Art. 22. Tree Dept. Chain Saw 800.00 

Art. 32. Fire Alarm System, So. A. 2,000.00 

Art. 38. Reserve Fund 5,000.00 

Total Transfers $41,125.00 

Grand Total $282,063.36 

Article 11. (Snow Plow) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of 
$800.00 for the purchase of a snow plow and authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or 
act anjrthing thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Eight Hundred (800) dollars for the purchase of 
a snow plow and authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in 
or sell any old snow plows. 

Article 12. (Traffic lanes) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the painting 
of traffic lines and signs, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and approimate the sum of Tw^o Hundred 
(200) dollars for the painting of traffic lines and signs. 



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Article 13. (Construction — Main St.) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 for new 
construction of Main Street from the Carlisle Line to the State 
Road in North Acton; said money to be used in conjunction 
with $3,000.00 to be allotted by the County and $6,000.00 to be 
allotted by the State, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Three Thous- 
and (3 000) dollars for new construction of Main Street from 
the CarHsle Lines to the State Road in North Acton; said 
money to be used in conjunction with Three Thousand (3,000) 
dollars to be allotted by the County and Six Thousand (6,000) 
dollars to be allotted by the State. 

Article 14. (Snow Fence) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of 
snow fence, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
(200) dollars for the purchase of snow fence. 

Article 15. (Highways) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the amount 
of the State's and County's allotments for highways under 
Chapters 81 and 90 ; provided that the reimbursement from the 
State and County be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Twenty-three Thousand Eight Hundred Twenty- 
five (23,825) dollars, the amount of the State's and County's 
allotments for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90 ; provided 
that the reimbursement from the State and County be cred- 
ited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 16. (Fire Dept.) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of 
$1,200.00 for the purchase of necessary equipment for the 
Fire Department, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, 
the sum of Twelve Hundred (1,200) dollars for the purchase of 
necessary equipment for the Fire Department. 



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Article 17. (Police Uniforms) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $150.00 for the pur- 
chase of uniforms for the Police Department as by General 
Laws Chapter 40, Section 6B, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred 
Fifty (150) dollars for the purchase of uniforms for the Police 
Department as by General Laws Chapter 40, Section 6B. 

Article 18. (Fire Dept.) To see if the town will vote to 
appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of 
$1,500.00 for the purchase of gas masks for the Fire Depart- 
ment as required by Chapter 337, Section 51A, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account, the 
sum of Fifteen Hundred (1,500) dollars for the purchase of 
gas masks for the Fire Department as required by Chapter 
337, Section 51A. 

Article 19. (Playground Study) To see if the town will 
vote to authorize the Selectmen to appoint a committee of 
three for further study of the playground situation in Pre- 
cinct Three and for examination of sites therefor; and to ap- 
propriate the sum of $200.00 for expenses in connection there- 
with ; or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen to appoint a committee 
of three for further study of the playground situation in the 
Town of Acton and for examination of sites therefor; and to 
appropriate the sum of Two Hundred (200) dollars for ex- 
penses in connection therewith. 

Committee appointed: E. Everett Putnam, Laurence A. 
Winslow, Louis A. Flerra. 

Article 20. (Feeding Trees) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the feeding of 
our shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hundred 
(500) dollars for the feeding of our shade trees. 



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Article 21. (Dutch Elm Disease) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the con- 
trol of and checking the Dutch Elm Disease, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 22. (Chain Saw) To see if the town will vote to 
transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $975.00 
for the purchase of a Gas Driven Chain Saw for the Tree De- 
partment, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account the 
sum of Eight Hundred (800) dollars for the purchase of a Gas 
Driven Chain Saw for the Tree Department. 

Article 23. (Fire House Survey) To see if the town wdll 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $1,500.00 for a sur- 
vey and plans for a new fire house adjoining the Acton Cen- 
ter Fire House, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Four Hundred 
(400) dollars for a survey and plans for a new fire house and 
that the present committee continue to serve. 

Present Committee: Walter B. Stevens, Edward J. Bursaw, 
F. Wendell Putnam, H. Stuart MacGregor and Lloyd W. Priest. 

Article 24. (Poison Ivy) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 or any other amount 
for the Tree Department for eradication of poison ivy on the 
highways and streets of the town, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Fifteen Hun- 
dred (1,500) dollars for the Tree Department for the eradica- 
tion of poison ivy on the highways and school grounds of the 
town. 

Article 25. (Mt. Hope Cemetery) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $800.00 or any other 
sum for the purpose of oiling roads and avenues in Mt. Hope 
Cemetery, or act anything thereon. 



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Voted: To raise and appropriate V-e sum of Eight Hundred 
(800) dollars for the purpose of oiling roads and avenues in 
Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

Article 26. (Clean Streets) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate a sum of money to clean the streets 
on that part of Central Street, Massachusetts Avenue and 
Windsor Avenue in the business section of West Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 27. (Town Clock) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for repairs to the 
town clock, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred 
(200) dollars for repairs to the tow^n clock. 

Article 28. (Playground) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $6,500.00 or some other sum 
to procure or buy, and grade a certain tract of land in that 
part of Acton known as West Acton, bounded and described 
as follows : 

"A strip, 150 feet wide parallel to the eastern boundary 
of land now owned by the Town and known as the West 
Acton School Property and adjacent thereto, extending 
from the southern boundary of land now or formerly held 
in the name of Helen A. Knowlton, Trustee, or the easter- 
ly extension of such a southern boundary to the intersec- 
tion with a line formed by the easterly extension of the 
southern boundary of land now owned by the Town and 
known as the West Acton School Property." Said land to 
be graded in conjunction with land now owned by the 
town adjacent thereto to provide a satisfactory Play- 
ground. 

All of said land to be used for recreational purposes in com- 
pliance with the provisions of Chapter 45 of the General Laws 
(Tercentenary Edition) of this Commonwealth, said land to be 
held in trust by the Selectmen until it can be placed under the 
supervision and control of the Board of Recreation Commis- 



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sioners, when and if such a board is elected or appointed, or 
to act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 29. (Recreation Commission) To see if the town 
will take any action to establish a Board of Recreation Com- 
missioners, consisting of one member each from Precincts 1, 
2, and 3, to function in compliance with the provisions of 
Chapter 45 of the General Laws (Tercentenary Edition) of 
this Commonwealth, or to take any action relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 30. (Recreation Commission) To see if the town 
will vote to transfer the sum of $4,000.00 appropriated and 
raised, but not disbursed, as a result of the Town's acceptance 
of Articles 23 and 24 of the warrant for the March 1948 Town 
Meeting, to the Board of Recreation Commissioners in com- 
pliance with the provisions of Chapter 45 of the General Laws 
(Tercentenary Edition) of this Commonwealth, this sum to be 
expended for recreational purposes, or to take any action 
relative thereto. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 31. (Town Collector) To see if the town will vote 
to provide that the Collector of Taxes shall collect under the 
title of Town Collector all accounts due the town, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted: That the Collector of Taxes shall collect under the 
title Town Collector all accounts due the town. 

Article 32. (Fire Alarm System^) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for the in- 
stallation of a fire alarm system which will be connected with 
several industrial plants in South Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Two Thousand (2,000) dollars for the installation 
of a fire alanri system which will be connected with several 
industrial plants in South Acton. 



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Article 33. (Cemetery Fund) To see if the town will ac- 
cept the gift of Ten Thousand (10,000) dollars from J. Roland 
Wetherbee of Putney, Georgia, to be known as the J. Roland 
Wetherbee Cemetery Fund, for the purpose of improving cer- 
tain lots at Woodlawn Cemetery pursuant to the terms of a 
written instrument dated October 9, 1948, and act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: That the town accept the gift of Ten Thousand 
(10,000) dollars from J. Roland Wetherbee of Putney, Georgia, 
to be known as the J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund, for 
the purpose of improving certain lots at Woodlawn Cemetery 
pursuant to the terms of a written instrument dated October 
9, 1948. 

Article 34. (Cemeteries) To see if the town will approve 
the making of such regulations, consistent with the Law, by 
the Cemetery Commissioners, as they may deem expedient, 
to modify, improve, add to, and modernize the Cemetery Regu- 
lations, and act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town will approve the making of such 
regulations, consistent with the Law, by the Cemetery Com- 
missioners, as they may deem expedient, to modify, improve, 
add to, and modernize the Cemetery Regulations. 

Article 35. (World Government) Will the town adopt a 
resolution affording the people of Acton the opportunity to 
express to their representatives in Congress, in the Executive 
Department of the United States and in the United Nations 
their deep feeling regarding war and peace, and to request 
their representatives in Congress to support the Resolutions 
now pending in Congress seeking action to make the United 
Nations capable of enacting, interpreting, and enforcing world 
law to assure peace? 

Resolution — 

Resolved: That the Town of Acton calls upon its repre- 
sentatives in Congress to take all possible steps to promote 
the strengthening of the United Nations into a government 
for world affairs, including support of resolutions for ini- 
tiating Charter amendments to enable the United Nations 



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to enact and enforce world law to assure peace. 
Motion: I move that the town meeting accept the resolu- 
tion as read by Mrs. Boardman as the resolution to be 
adopted by the town under Article 35 of the warrant. 
Did not prevail. 

Article 36. (Insurance) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $700.00 to pay the cost of 
effecting insurance providing indemnity for or protection to 
any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason of 
his liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, in- 
cluding death at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage 
to property, caused by the operation, within the scope of his 
official duties or employment of motor or other vehicles owned 
by the Town as provided by the provisions of General Laws 
(Ter. Ed.) Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of $700.00 to pay 
the cost of effecting insurance providing indemnity for or 
protection to any officer or employee of the Town against loss 
by reason of his liability to pay damages to others for bodily 
injuries, including death at any time resulting therefrom, or 
for damage to property, caused by the operation, within the 
scope of his official duties or employment of motor or other 
vehicles owned by the Town as provided by the provisions of 
General Laws (Ter. Ed,) Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, 
as amended. 

Article 37. (Land Titles) To see if the town will vote to 
authorize the Selectmen and their successors in office, to sell 
at public auction or private sales, any property heretofore or 
hereafter acquired by the town under the title proceedings, 
to impose thereon such restrictions, reservations, or conditions 
as they may deem expedient and to execute, acknowledge, and 
deliver in the name and under the seal of the Town, deeds or 
other instruments therefor, or take any other action relative 
thereto, to do or act thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Selectmen and their successors in 
office to sell at public auction or private sales, any property 
heretofore or hereafter acquired by the town under the title 



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proceedings, to impose thereon such restrictions, reservations, 
or conditions as they may deem expedient and to execute, ac- 
knowledge, and deliver in the name and under the seal of the 
Town, deeds or other instruments therefor. 

Article 38. (Reserve Fund) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate the sum of $5,000.00 from the Surplus Revenue 
Account as a Reserve Fund, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Five Thousand (5,000) 
dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account as a Reserve Fund. 

Article 39. (Unpaid Bills) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $170.36 to pay the fol- 
lowing unpaid bills for 1948, or do or act anything thereon. 

School Department 

Boston Edison Co. $123.49 

City of Newton 46.87 



$170.36 

Voted Unanimously: To raise and appropriate the sum of 
One Hundred Seventy and 36/100 dollars to pay the following 
unpaid bills for 1948. 

School Department 

Boston Edison Co. $123.49 

City of Newton 46.87 



$170.36 



Number of voters checked: 

Precinct 1 — 122 
Precinct 2 — 105 
Precinct 3 — 117 



Total 344 

Voted: To adjourn at 10:15 P. M. 

A true copy. Attest: HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 

Town Oerk, 



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TOWN CLERK'S REPORT + 



BIRTHS 



Whole Number Recorded 65 

Born in Acton Mixed Parentage 5 

Males 39 Native Parentage 59 

Females 26 Foreign Parentage 1 



MARRIAGES 

Whole Number Recorded 25 

Residents of Acton 32 Residents of other places 18 

DEATHS 

Whole Number Recorded 27 

Residents of Acton 24 Residents of other places 3 

Occuring in Acton 16 Occurring in other places 11 

Average Age 67+ 



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DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1949 



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Oct. 2 Atwood, Katie 

Jan. 1 Beach, Stuart A. 

July 24 Bean, Harriet Augusta (Kenty) 

April 23 Bigelow, Anah F. (Banks 

June 13 Cram, Ada M. (Jones) 

Dec. 4 Cullinane, Annie A. 

April 24 Davis, Richard Warren 

Mar. 1 Dewhurst, William 

Dec. 28 Feltus, Cornelius A. 

Feb. 26 Feltus, John H. 

July 5 Jones, Albert Curtis 

July 28 Kennedy, Isabella L. 

Mar. 5 McCarthy, Ellen L. (Tuohey) 

Nov. 3 McCormack, Sarah Ann 

Oct. 15 McCrudden, WilHam B. 

Jan. 13 Milbery, Clare A. 

Mar. 4 Munn, William 

Sept. 30 Noyes, Jennie Ethel (Miles) 

Mar. 8 Owens, Herbert W. 

Aug. 9 Parks, Mary Emma (Grover) 

June 5 Smith, Louis M. 

Oct. 31 Tarvainen, Emil 

Nov. 5 Taylor, Ella 

Jan. 13 Vary, Marietta (Inerson) 

Oct. 8 Whitney, Cora A. 



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NOTICE 

All dog licenses here listed expire 

March 31, 1950. 
Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers 
thereof are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three m 

months old or over, regardless of 
dogs. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
time of year ownership is acquired. 



59 



List of Persons Having Dogs Licensed in 1949 



Owner 



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Frederick Tuttle 1 

Mary H. Lothrop 2 

Mildred Pope Moore 3 

Mildred Pope Moore 4 

Robert Farquhar 5 

George A. Rifford 6 

Gertrude Stiles 7 

A. Perry Marble 8 

Robert M. Bowen 9 

James Murgatroyd 10 

W. L. Perrault . 11 

John Onslow 12 

Norman Frizzle 13 

Lawrence Donnelly 14 

Fred S. Kennedy 15 

Thomas Motley, 2nd 16 

Hazel Hughes 17 

Dewey E. Boatman 18 

Walter H. Liebfried 19 

Jane A. Bolter 20 

Clara Sawyer 21 

Norman Mcintosh 22 

Norman Mcintosh 23 

Fred Richards 24 

Simeon Parfomchuk 25 

William B. McCrudden 26 

Warren E. Hart well 27 

Jennie M. McClure 28 

Mrs. J. A. Dingee 29 

Harold White 30 
Allen Christofferson, Jr. 31 

Ralph Prescott 32 

Joan Christofferson 33 

Roger Mason 34 

Jean Drury 35 

John E. Lehto 36 

Arthur Lampila 37 



Nathalie PhilUps 


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Nathalie Phillips 


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John J. Crighton 


40 


John J. Crighton 


41 


Robert E. Clapp 


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F. Wendell Putnam 


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Flora W. Putnam 


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Harry Snyer 


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Allan Murray 


46 


Lowell Cram 


47 


Noe J. Richards 


48 


Allen G. Warner 


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Paul Richardson 


50 


Barbara Murchie 


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Hugh Hodgen 


52 


Kay Graham 


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George W. Turnbull 


54 


Edwin Anderson 


55 


Olava Eilertson 


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r<>ank I. Averett 


57 


Charles J. O'Dowd 


58 


Carl Flint 


59 


John Torkelson 


60 


Cleon Phelps 


61 


Benjamin Rice 


62 


David Lawson 


63 


Marilyn Clark 


64 



Carl A. Schontag 65 

Charles F. Greenough 66 

Melburn Davis 67 

Carrie F. Wells 68 

Harold Y. Banquer 69 

Frank E. Balsor 70 

Edward Denton 71 

Edward Denton 72 

Winthrop C. Richmond 73 

L. G. McGlone 74 



60 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



William A. Turner 
Charles H. Liebfried 
William D. Tuttle 
Edwin A. Hall 
Edwin A. Hall 
John M. Pettingell 
Newton Bennett 
Robert J. Feltus 
John A. Brooks 
John T. McNiff 
Eileen Rolfe 
Barbara Allen 
Ruth Ann Penney 
T. Leo McCarthy 
James W. Gates 
Alice G. Latulippe 
Alice G. Latulippe 
Alice G. Latulippe 
Alice G. Latulippe 
Hazel G. Blanchard 
Albert N. Nickerson 
Joseph Lemoine 
George W. Loggie 
W. Gardner Walker 
Gordon A. Crook 
Raleigh Beach 
Florence Rooney 
Glenna Wise 
David F. Penney 
John J. Gregory 
Jane Morrison 
Albert L. Haynes 
Rachael Haynes 
Paul Cornwall 
Arthur Jalonen 
Paul W. Saine 
Harnngton Moore, Jr. 
Everett Maynes 
Glare Garceau 
Theodore C. Lester 



75 


Leonard Godfrey, Jr. 


115 


76 


John Duston 


116 


77 


William Main 


117 


78 


John L. Fletcher 


118 


79 


Harold Nicola 


119 


80 


Robin Darling 


120 


81 


Harold Merry 


121 


82 


Alfred Birch 


122 


83 


Otis J. Reed 


123 


84 


Matthew F. Costello 


124 


85 


Robert E. Woodbine 


125 


86 


Joseph G. Curtis 


126 


87 


George W. Mortimer 


127 


88 


Edward L. Forbes 


128 


89 


Edward L. Forbes 


129 


90 


A Hie L. Hall 


130 


91 


James J. Mullen 


131 


92 


Ben Smalley 


132 


93 


Ben Smalley 


133 


94 


Dr. Paul Gates 


134 


95 


Charles Galluzzo 


135 


96 


Charles Galluzzo 


136 


97 


Kenneth S. Harvey 


137 


98 


Louis A. Flerra 


138 


99 


Antonia Benere 


139 


100 


Walter N. Stevenson 


140 


101 


Carl W. Flint 


141 


102 


George Horton 


142 


103 


Lucretia Conheeney 


143 


104 


Benjamin Rice 


144 


105 


Stuart Farquhar 


145 


106 


Albert S. Braman 


146 


107 


Robert W. Kendall 


147 


108 


Charles J. Farley 


148 


109 


Charles J. Farley 


149 


110 


Clifford A. Schofield 


150 


111 


Robert S. Rhodes 


151 


112 


Philip G. Shearman 


152 


113 


Philip G. Shearman 


153 


114 


Henry Teele 


154 



61 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Orwald Kienow 155 

Helen Backer 156 

Daniel J. Shea, Jr. 157 

Richard P. Bursaw 158 

Francis Rahberg 159 

Matthew Freeman 160 

Matthew Freeman 161 

Florence Watkins 162 

George Roe 163 

Robert Young 164 

Howard M. Dowd 165 

Howard M. Dowd 166 

Stanley Veasie 167 

Ormal S. Laffin 168 

James S. Goodwin 169 

James S. Goodwin 170 

James S. Goodwin 171 

James S. Goodwin 172 

Paul A. Coughlin 173 

Lucille Cunningham 174 

William Cobleigh, Jr. 175 

Frederic W. Hopkins 176 

Frederic W. Hopkins 177 

Frederick W. Hopkins 178 

Daniel F. Flanagan 179 

Fraser Laffin 180 

Donald MacPhee 181 

Ray G. Dagenais 182 

Alden C. Flagg, Jr. 183 

Forrest E. Bean 184 

Wilmer Laffin 185 

William Henry Soar 186 

Arno H. Perkins 187 

Gerd R. Jordan 188 

Kenneth Jewell 189 

Ralph Phalon 190 

William J. Durkin 191 

William J. Durkin 192 

Hilda Anderson 193 

Edwin A. Anderson 194 



Bradford Leach 195 

Alfred G. Gilbert, Jr. 196 

John Murray 197 

Arthur Reynolds 198 

Dr. Wendell F. Davis 199 

John W. Putnam 200 

Alan Pederson 201 

J. Eugene McKercher 202 

Thomas Smith 203 

Thomas Smith 204 

Beaven Roche 205 

Edward R. Kelley 206 

John H. Watkins 207 

Marjory Davis 208 

Lucy Newport 209 

James Farrar 210 

Richard Stuart 211 

Charles D. Manter 212 

Joseph E. Kelley 213 

Russell Berry 214 

Joseph Perry 215 

Tony Perry 216 

L. H. Campbell 217 

Frank E. Weatherby 218 

Ethel C. Robbins 219 

Ralph I. Smith 220 

Cecile Coles 221 

Cecile Coles 222 

Modesto Simeone 223 

Margaret W. Larrabee 224 

Benjamin A. King 225 

Charles E. Bartlett 226 

Ei*vin E. Fitzsimmons 227 

Harold Day 228 

William P. Cameron 229 

Helen A. Knowlton 230 

Philip W. Goldthwaite 231 

Philip Rimbach 232 

Ii-ving S. Duren, Jr. 233 

Francis Roche 234 



62 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



IMargaret Sexton 


235 


Clinton S. Curtis 


236 


Clinton S. Curtis 


237 


Clinton S. Curtis 


238 


James H. French 


239 


Herbert Leusher 


240 


George Lamont 


241 


Soren Mekkelsen 


242 


A. C. Gravlin 


243 


A. C. Gravlin 


244 


A. C. Gravlin 


245 


A. C. Gravlin 


246 


A. C. Gravlin 


247 


Curtis Briggs 


248 


Robert A. Reid, 3rd 


249 


Raymond Hickey 


250 


Jackie Hickey 


251 


Liberto Mauro 


252 


Donald M. Streeter 


253 


Donnell Boardman 


254 


Wentworth Prentiss 


255 


Malcolm Fullonton 


256 


Stanley J. Olsen 


257 


Thomas W. Cole 


258 


Thomas W. Cole 


259 


Arthur R. Lowden 


260 


Walter C. Williams 


261 



Walter G. Hallett, Jr. 262 

Norman Livermore 263 

Norman Livermore 264 

Havelock J. Schnair 265 
Diane and Janet Nedza 266 

Marion F. Hayes 267 

Ethel L. Todd 268 

Ethel L. Todd 269 

Ethel L. Todd 270 

Frank H. Turner 271 

Orla Nichols 272 

Albert W. Marsh 273 

John E. Johnson 274 



E. C. Johnson 275 

Walter Mekkonen 276 

Gordon Shaw 277 

John Waluk 278 

Priscilla Haii)er 279 

Benjamin Bancroft 280 

Clesson Bancroft 281 

Sina Waterhouse 282 

Paul Post 283 

Arthur Conquest 284 

Arthur Conquest 285 

Leonard Colwell 286 

Clifford Armstrong 287 

Clifford Armstrong 288 

Clifford Armstrong 289 

Safford Sweatt 290 

Norman E. Hallowell 291 

Burton J. Jones 292 

Richard Flint 293 

J. Harry Conquest 294 

Daniel Sweeney 295 

Mareta Anderson 296 

Evelyn Anderson 297 

William S. Jones 298 

Catherine Whitcomb 299 

Jean Hurley 300 

Herbert Pratt 301 

John F. Canessa 302 

James W. Baker 303 

Francis C. Egan 304 

Benjamin E. Derby 305 

J. Henry Engman 306 

John Duggan 307 
Mrs. George Denicevich 308 

Frank W. Meakin 309 

J. Eugene McKercher 310 

Bernard Walther 311 

Howard Staples 312 

Charles K. Lawton 313 

William L. Chipman 314 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Owner 



Tag No. 



Eleanour Anderson 315 

Albert W. Wunderly 316 

Mildred Gallant 317 

Paavo J. Erkkinen 318 

John F. Lindfors 319 

Mrs. H. F. O'Rourke 320 

Mrs. H. F. O'Rourke 321 

Elmer Hill 322 

Bruce Allan 323 

Ernest Simpson 324 

John T. Sleeper 325 

Emma Raymond 326 

Woodbury H. Stevens 327 

John Enneguess 328 

James H. Wilson 329 

Walter Ballard 330 

Walter Ballard 331 

Edward J. Collins 332 

James Dubee 333 

John J. Downey 334 

Rosemarie DiDuca 335 

Eva Hampson 336 

H. Stuart MacGregor 337 

Edw. H. Christofferson 338 

John E. Moore, Jr. 339 

John E. Moore, Jr. 340 

Mark Imbimbo 341 

John C. Howard 342 

Oliver D. Wood 343 

Ernst Knippel 344 

Wilson D. Sked 345 

Paul Whouley 346 

James E. Espie, Jr. 347 

Orla E. Nichols 348 



John Onslow 349 

John W. Culkins 350 

John Olsen 351 

William McNulty 352 

Ralph Parsons 353 

John Stevens 354 

Richard O'Neil 355 

Churchill A. Newman 356 

Wm. L. Marshall, Jr. 356 

Charles W. Schnair 357 

George T. Elliott 358 

John F. Hurley 359 

Philip Newell 360 

Fred L. Ratta 361 

Hazel Roche 362 

Ralph F. Littlefield 363 

Ralph F. Littlefield 364 

Elwin Hollowell 365 

William C. Kazokas 366 

Orlando A. Vanaria 367 

WiUiam Lehtinen 368 

Charles Howe, Jr. 369 

Richard Manion 370 

Prentice Blood 371 

Martin Holland 372 

Archie Morison 373 

Kennels 

Sherman Frost xl 

Edward B. McKinley x2 

Mrs. Henry Anderson x3 

Edith Davis x6 

Cecil Balcom x7 



64 

308 Licenses at $ 2.00 $616.00 

66 Licenses at $ 5.00 330.00 

2 Licenses at $25.00 50.00 

3 Licenses at $10.00 30.00 

$1,026.00 

Deduct fees 379 licenses at 20c 75.80 

Paid to Town Treasurer $950.20 



65 
REVISED JURY LIST — 1949 



Precinct I 



Simon D. Taylor, 852 Main St.— clerk 
E. Everett Putnam, 3 Maple Ave. — landscape gardener 
Frederic W. Rimbach, 420 Main St. — machinist 
Henry A. Johnson, 502 Main St. — ^mechanic 
Charles E. Bartlett, 69 Great Rd. — store proprietor 
Alden C. Flagg, Jr., 15 Newtown Rd. — wool business 
Emerick P. Gates, 452 Main St. — blacksmith 
Alden C. Flagg, 85 Esterbrook Rd. — farmer 
Clarence A. Frost, 40 Newtown Rd. — trucking 
William J. Gallagher, 52 Great Rd. — garage 

Precinct II 

Alfred M. Olsen, 28 Laws Brook Rd. — farmer 
Harold F. Nordberg, 62 Main St. — auditor 
Lloyd W. Priest, 31 Central St. — carpenter 
David Clayton, 94 Main St.— pressman 
Millard J. Landry, 49 Maple St. — machinist 
Edwin H. Christofferson, 267 School St. — farmer 
Emery D. Nelson, 18 Parker St. — farmer 
Medville L. Clark, 246 School St.— banker 
Cyrus J. Downey, 35 Laws Brook Rd. — farmer 
Ole Garthe, 134 Main St. — mail truck driver 

Precinct III 

Leland H. Campbell, 217 Central St. — tel. operator 

Franklin H. Charter, 596 Mass. Ave. — tree surgeon 

Frederick A. Harris, 15 Church St. — granite worker 

A. Perry Marble, 145 Central St. — poultryman 

James W. Baker, 432 Mass. Ave. — oil delivery 

George F. Tuttle, 274 Central St. — laboratory technician 

Arthur Decker, 276 Arlington St. — painter 

Frederick E. Hollowell, 33 Nashoba Rd. — research engineer 

Carroll E. McPhee, 295 Central St. — carpenter 

Wentworth Prentiss, 400 Arlington St.— electrician 



66 
ASSESSORS' REPORT — 1949 



Tax assessed as follows: 

Buildings, exclusive of land $3,044,930.00 

Land 670,695.00 

Personal ....,., .., 553,935.00 

$4,269,560.00 

Valuation January 1, 1948 4,104,885.00 

Increase in valuation 164,675.00 

Rate of Taxation, $37.60 

Real Estate $139,707.51 

Personal Estate 20,827.96 

Polls 2,012.00 

$162,547.47 

Amount of money raised : 

State Parks Tax $293.94 

State Audit of Municipal Accounts 467.19 

County Tax 8,942.87 

Tuberculosis Hospital Assess- 
ment 2,272.57 

Pension Fund 1,362.00 

Pension Fund Expense 131.10 

Town Grant 144,973.31 

Overlay 4,104.49 



$162,547.47 



Added Assessments: 
Polls $100.00 

Motor Vehicle and Trailer Excise: 
Number of Vehicles Assessed, 1592 



67 

Total Value of Motor Vehicles and 

Trailers $547,320.00 

Rate of Excise, $41.32 

Total Excise $18,886.45 

Added Excise of 1948 457.20 

ALBERT P. DURKEE, 
CARL C. FLINT, 
JAMES W. BAKER, 

Board of Assessors. 



68 
TAX COLLECTOR'S REPORT 



1947 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 ?6,36S 32 

Interest 433.86 

$6,800.18 

Paid Treasurer $6,631.85 

Abated 168.33 

$6,800.18 

1948 TOWN TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $24,172.26 

Interest 374.35 

Cost 45.00 

$24,591.61 

Paid Treasurer $16,714.93 

Adjustment .01 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 7,876.67 

$24,591.61 

1949 TOWN TAX 

Committed $139,707.51 

Interest 37.63 

Cost 15.00 

$139,760.14 

Paid Treasurer $117,411.40 

Abated 1,018.96 

Tax Titles 18.80 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 21,310.98 

$139,760.14 



69 

1947 PERSONAL TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $1,2G8.89 

Interest 94.37 

$1,363.26 
Paid Treasurer $1,363.26 

$1,363.26 

1948 PEPvSONAL TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $2,871.22 

Interest 18.83 

$2,890.05 

Paid Treasurer $842.39 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 2,047.66 

$2,890.05 

1949 PEPvSONAL TAX 

Committed $20,827.96 

Interest 2.53 

$20,830.49 

Paid Treasurer $18,268.05 

Abated 78.96 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 2,483.48 

$20,830.49 

1947 POLL TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $88.00 

Interest 4.60 

Cost 8.05 

$100.65 



70 

Paid Treasurer $80.65 

Abated 18.00 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 2.00 



$100.65 

1948 POLL TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $316.00 

Interest 3.31 

Cost 8.40 

$327.71 

Paid Treasurer $137.71 

Abated 40.00 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 150.00 

$327.71 

1949 POLL TAX 

Committed $2,112.00 

$2,112.00 

Paid Treasurer $1,566.00 

Abated 288.00 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 318.00 

$2,112.00 

1947 EXCISE TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $288.72 

Interest 28.63 

$317.35 

Paid Treasurer $288.71 

Uncollected 28.64 

$317.35 



71 

1948 EXCISE TAX 

Uncollected January 1, 1949 $2,025.05 

Added Commitment January 17, 1949 457.20 

Interest 44.42 

$2,526.67 

Paid Treasurer $2,028.69 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 497.98 



$2,526.67 

1949 EXCISE TAX 

Committed $18,886.45 

Interest 10.53 



$18,896.98 



Paid Treasurer $15,619.05 

Abated 315.95 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 2,961.98 



$18,896.98 



SUMMARY OF COLLECTOR'S REPORT 
Total Debits 

1947 Town Tax $6,800.18 

1948 Town Tax 24,591.61 

1949 Town Tax 139,760.14 

1947 Personal Tax 1,363.26 

1948 Personal Tax 2,890.05 

1949 Personal Tax 20,830.49 

1947 Poll Tax 100.65 

1948 Poll Tax 327.71 

1949 Poll Tax 2,112.00 

1947 Excise Tax 317.35 

1948 Excise Tax 2,526.67 

1949 Excise Tax 18,896.98 

~$220,5i7;09 



72 

Total Credits 

Paid Treasurer $180,952.69 

Abatements 1,868.20 

Adjustment .01 

Tax Titles 18.80 

Uncollected January 1, 1950 37,677.39 



$220,517.09 



CARRIE M. DURKEE, 

Collector of Taxes. 



TREASURER'S REPORT 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1949 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1949: 
Cash Balance January 1, 1949 $126,030.40 

Receipts for 1949: 

Received from State Treasurer 

Income Tax $39,692.73 

Corporation Tax 30,381.54 

Chapter 90 Roads 5,624.55 

Old Age Assistance — Federal 25,062.03 

Old Age Assistance 19,020.75 

Teacher's Retirement Refund 28.50 

Highways 14,764.19 

Aid Dependent Children — Federal 2,744.69 

Meal Tax 1,194.40 

Veteran's Services 963.52 

Reim. — Loss of Taxes 718.97 

Aid Dependent Children 679.16 

Education 2,997.50 

Child Guardianship 261.50 

Vocational Education 149.74 

Teacher's Annuities 333.52 

Public Health 272.86 

$144,890.15 

Received from County Treasurer 

Main Street 2,499.79 

Dog Officer Refund 1,141.41 

Highways 624.96 

— $4,266.16 

Received from Collector of Taxes 
Carrie M. Durkee 

Poll Taxes, 1947 68.00 

Excise Taxes, 1947 ./...... 260.08 



74 

Personal Taxes, 1947 1,268.89 

Real Estate, 1947 6,197.99 

Poll Taxes, 1948 126.00 

Excise Taxes, 1948 2,463.89 

Personal Taxes, 1948 823.56 

Real Estate Taxes, 1948 16,295.56 

Poll Taxes, 1949 1,566.00 

Excise Taxes, 1949 15,128.90 

Personal Taxes, 1949 15,151.11 

Real Estate Taxes, 1949 120,473.18 

Costs 76.45 

Interest 1,053.08 

$180,952.69 

Miscellaneous Receipts 

Board of Selectmen, Licenses 165.00 

Board of Selectmen, Miscellaneous 1.10 

Village Package Store, License 400.00 

Dewey's Market License 400.00 

Concord District Court, Fines 294.90 

Town of Acton, Teacher's Retirement .. 2,859.75 

Town of Acton, County Retirement 2,072.75 

Town of Acton, Withholding Taxes 9,252.06 

Town of Acton, Blue Cross 1,102.50 

Town of Acton, Machinery Account 2,628.38 

Board of Health, Nurse Services 311.00 

Board of Health, Licenses 50.50 

Effie Stearns, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Harry Smart, Perpetual Care 60.00 

Mrs. J. K. Barstow, Perpetual Care .... 100.00 

Mary Penniman, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Mrs. H. W. Graves, Perpetual Care 100.00 

William Chipman, Perpetual Care 150.00 

James E. Richardson, Perpetual Care .. 50.00 

Ephraim Cobleigh, Perpetual Care 150.00 

Joel Whitcomb, Perpetual Care 150.00 

John White, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Diendonne Servais, Perpetual Care 150.00 

H. W. Owen, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Mrs. J. W. Brucker, Perpetual Care .... 150.00 

Porter Jenks, Perpetual Care 200.00 



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lieorge Turnbull, Perpetual Care 100.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Dog Licenses 1,005.40 

South Acton Fire Co., Blue Cross 229.75 

City of Boston, Welfare 226.17 

Mary Lothrop, Library Fines 171.05 

Mary Lothrop, Books Sold 13.95 

Mary Lothrop, Miscellaneous 10.95 

Harry Holt, Rent of Hall 217.50 

Acton High School, Book Fines 1.80 

Acton High School, Telephone .72 

Acton High School, Ind Arts 39.89 

Acton High School, Miscellaneous 62.56 

Fred Kennedy, Care Lots 501.00 

Fred Kennedy, Burials 765.00 

Fred Kennedy, Lowering Device 105.00 

Fred Kennedy, Miscellaneous 158.00 

Fred Kennedy, Sale Lots 380.00 

Fred Kennedy, Foundations 259.93 

Boston and Maine R. R. Snow Removal 104.00 

Town of Westford, Schools 356.50 

Town of Clinton, Welfare 887.19 

Acton Associates, Tax Title 1,034.76 

Acton Associates, Interest 123.72 

Science Research Asso. School Dept 5.60 

City of Cambridge, Welfare 6.65 

Edward Estabrook, Sealer 156.65 

Town of Boxboro, Schools 3,215.85 

Town of Concord, Land Tax 59.82 

Center Fire Co. Relief Fund 90.00 

West Fire Co., Relief Fund 95.00 

South Fire Co., Relief Fund 90.00 

City of Boston, Schools 244.76 

H. S. MacGregor, Oil-Gas Permits 38.50 

H. S. MacGregor, Reim. Fire 45.80 

H. S. MacGregor, Sale Air Tanks 25.00 

Woodlawn Cemetery, Water Fund A/C 33.14 

Town of Ashland, Old Age Assistance .. 92.16 

Town of Wrentham, Old Age Assistance 113.51 

City of Brockton, Old Age Assistance .. 53.10 

Town of Maynard, Old Age Assistance 120.32 

Town of Winchendon Old Age Assis 181.33 



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Town of Stow, Old Age Assistance 42.46 

Town of Weston, Old Age Assistance .. 44.40 

Hazel Wentworth, Tuition 62.00 

Chief of Police, Revolver Permits 15.00 

Frank C. Hayward Fund, Income 20.00 

Hoit and Scott Fund, Income 12.50 

Elizabeth White Fund, Income 551.55 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund, Income 255.21 

Memorial Library Fund, Income 252.56 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Income .... 1,709.77 

Cemetery Fund, Income 1,075.80 

Georgia E. Whitney Cem. Fund, Inc. .. 30.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund, Income 33.25 

Acton High School Library, Income 30.00 

J. Roland Wetherbee Fund, Income 119.80 

Elizabeth White Fund, Transfer 500.00 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund, Transfer .. 1,583.66 

Cemetery Fund, Transfer 682.64 

Acton High School Library, Transfer .. 107.05 

Memorial Library, Transfer 317.16 

J. Rolnad Wetherbee Fund, Transfer .. 86.00 

Georgia E. Whitney Fund, Transfer .... 225.00 

Geo. E. Whitney Cem Fund, Transfer .. 15.00 

Luke Blanchard Cem. Fund, Transfer .. 25.00 

Henry S. Raymond Fund, Transfer 28.45 



$40,444.23 



Total Cash Receipts for 1949 $370,553.23 

Cash Balance January 1, 1949 ........ 126,030.40 



S496,583.63 



Payments for 1949 : 

Selectmen's Orders $337,838.86 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

State Parks and Reservations 365.74 

Auditing Town Accounts 800.43 

$339,005.03 



Cash Balance December 31, 1949 .. $157,578.60 



77 
OUTSTANDING NOTES DECEMBER 31, 1949 

High School Addition Notes, 169-176 

due 1949 to 1957 $8,000.00 



SUSAN NOYES HOSMER FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $82,238.95 

Unexpended Balance 1,507.86 

$83,746.81 

Received Interest for 1949 1,745.61 

$85,492.42 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $83,908.76 

Transfer to Town Account 1,583.66 

$85,492.42 



CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $52,737.21 

Unexpended Balance 1,951.64 

$54,688.85 

Received for Perpetual Care 1949 $1,760.00 

Received Interest for 1949 1,129.12 

$2,889.12 

$57,577.97 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $50,895.33 

U. S. Savings Bonds Series G 6,000.00 

Transfer to Tov^ti Account 682.64 

S57,577.97 



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ELIZABETH V/HITE FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $25,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 3,267.55 

$28,267.55 

Received Interest for 1949 571.46 



$28,839.01 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $28,339.01 

Paid Trustees Orders for 1949 500.00 

$28,839.01 

WILDE MEMORIAL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $16,162.29 

Unexpended Balance 270.06 

$16,432.35 

Received Interest for 1949 345.37 

$16,777.72 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $15,460.56 

West Shore R. R. Bond 1,000.00 

Transfer to Town Account 317.16 

$16,777.72 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $14,073.70 

Unexpended Balance 959.38 

$15,033.08 

Received Interest for 1949 309.13 

$15,342.21 



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Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings ^anks $15,117.21 

Paid Trustee^s Orders for 1949 225.00 

$15,342.21 



LUKE BLANCHARD CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Balance $1,509.71 

Received Interest for 1949 30.56 

$1,540.27 
Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,515.27 

Transfer to Town Account 25.00 

$1,540.27 

CEMETERY SURPLUS FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Balance $193.83 

Received Interest for 1949 3.88 



$197.71 
Balance December 31, 1949 
Bank Balance in Savings Banks $197.71 

WEST ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Balance $708.11 

Received Interest for 1949 14.23 

$722.34 
Balance December 31, 1949 
Bank Balance in Savings Bank $722.34 



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ACTON FIREMEN'S RELIEF FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $3,820.00 

Unexpended Balance 427.78 

$4,247.78 

Received to Fund in 1949 

Company Salaries $275.00 

Interest 42.47 

. $317.47 

$4,565.25 
Balance December 31, 1949 
Bank Balance in Savings Bank $4,565.25 



HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Monument Perpetual Care 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $700.00 

Unexpended Balance 42.76 

$742.76 

Received Interest for 1949 14.92 

$757.68 
Balance December 31, 1949 
Bank Balance in Savings Bank $757.68 



ACTON HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 102.45 

$1,602.45 

Received Interest for 1949 32.01 

$1,634.46 



81 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,527.47 

Transfer to Town Account 107.05 



$1,634.46 



HENRY S. RAYMOND FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 156.22 

. $1,656.22 

Received Interest for 1949 33.25 



$1,689.47 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $1,661.02 

Transfer to Town Account 28.45 

$1,689.47 

GEORGIA E. WHITNEY CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $1,500.00 

Unexpended Balance 61.10 

— $1,561.10 

Received Interest for 1949 31.30 

$1,592.40 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks ., $1,577.40 

Transfer to Town Account 15.00 

$1,592.40 



82 

FRANK C. HAYWARD FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $1,000.00 

Unexpended Balance 16.70 

$1,016.70 

Received Interest for 1949 20.37 

$1,037.07 

Balance December 31, 1949 
Bank Balances in Savings Bank $1,037.07 

HOIT AND SCOTT FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $500.00 

Received Interest for 1949 12.54 

$512.54 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balance in Savings Bank $12.54 

U. S. Savings Bond Series D 500.00 

$512.54 

J. ROLAND WEATHERBEE CEMETERY FUND 

Balance January 1, 1949 

Principal Fund $10,000.00 

Received Interest for 1949 119.83 

$10,119.83 

Balance December 31, 1949 

Bank Balances in Savings Banks $10,033.83 

Transfer to Town Account 86.00 

$10,119.83 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM HENRY SOAR, 

Town Treasurer. 



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83 



REPORT OF TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



'{\j the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report covering the financial transac- 
tions of the Town for the year ended December 31, 1949. 

I have included a tabulated record showing appropriations, 
transfers and balances. 

The amount of maturing debt for 1950 will be $1,000.00 

I have verified the accounts of the Collector of Taxes and the 
Treasurer and have checked the various accounts in the cus- 
tody of the Treasurer and Trustees. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 
Town Accountant. 



84 

SUMMARY OF APPROPRIATIONS AND EXPENDITURES 

January 1, 1949 to December 31, 1949 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Appro. 

Selectmen's Dept. Salaries .$2,300.00 

R 24.10 

Selectmen's Dept. Expenses 150.00 

Finance Committee 100.00 

Moderator 25.00 

Treasurer, Salary 800.00 

Treasurer, Expenses 250.00 

Assessors, Salaries 2,350.00 

Assessors, Expenses 250.00 

Collector of Taxes, Salaries 1,550.00 

R 97.74 

Collector of Taxes, Expenses 300.00 

Town Accountant, Salary 800.00 

Town Accountant, Expenses 50.00 

Town Clerk, Salary and Fees 500.00 

Town Clerk, Expenses 200.00 

Election and Registration, Salaries 594.00 

Election and Registration, Expenses 430.00 

Buildings and Grounds, Wages 2,885.00 

Buildings and Grounds, Expenses 2,930.00 

Buildings and Grounds, Art. 10, Item 19 800.00 

Repairs to Town Clock 200.00 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police, Salaries 6,126.00 

Police, Expenses 1,475.00 

Police Uniforms 150.00 

R 50.00 

Fire Department Salaries ....* 2,865.00 

Fire Department Expenses 2,000.00 

R 416.54 

Forest Fires 1,500.00 

Fire Alarm Extensions, Art. 32 2,000.00 

New Equipment, Art. 16 1,200.00 

Gas Masks, Art. 18 1,500.00 

Fire Alarm Maintenance, Wages 200.00 

Fire Alarm Maintenance, Expenses 100.00 

Hydrant Rental 4,126.00 

Plans for Fire House, Pet. 1 400.00 

Tree Warden, Salaries and Wages 1,750.00 

R 300.00 2,049.40 .60 



Expended 


Balance 


$2,323.95 


$ .15 


118.85 


31.15 


36.65 


63.35 


15.00 


10.00 


800.00 




213.71 


36.29 


2,202.50 


147.50 


230.36 


19.64 


1,647.74 




197.49 


102.51 


800.00 




14.50 


35.50 


474.75 


25.25 


102.83 


97.17 


566.00 


28.00 


383.40 


46.60 


1,735.59 


1,149.41 


2,842.71 


87.29 


670.00 


130.00 


183.00 


17.00 


6,086.35 


39.65 


1,474.99 


,01 


199.15 


.85 


2,054.16 


810.84 


2,416.54 




1,393.85 


106.15 


1,970.00 


30.00 


1,193.65 


6.35 


988.41 


511.59 


199.52 


.48 


25.07 


74.93 


4,017.71 


108.29 


20.00 


380.00 



949.27 


.73 


499.31 


.69 


249.00 


1.00 


1,498.50 


1.50 


800.00 




1,499.01 


.99 


1,200.00 




225.00 




32.80 


17.20 



85 

Tree Warden, Expenses 750.00 

R 200.00 

Feeding Shade Trees 500.00 

Tree Replacements 250.00 

Poison Ivy Eradication, Art. 24 1,500.00 

Power Saw, Art. 22 800.00 

Moth Dept. Salaries and Wages 1,500.00 

Moth Dept. Expenses 1,200.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, Salary 225.00 

Sealer of Weights and Measures, Expenses .. 50.00 

HEALTH AND SANITATION 

Board of Health, Salaries and Wages 4,300.00 

R 978.79 5,278.79 

Board of Health, Expenses 1,700.00 

R 795.63 

Cattle Inspector 150.00 

Garbage Disposal 2,000.00 

HIGHWAYS 

Village 2,600.00 

Chapter 81 8,550.00 

G 14,250.00 

Chapter 90, Maintenance 3,000.00 

G 1,250.00 

Chapter 90, Main Street Construction 3,000.00 

G 8,325.00 

Snow Removal 10,500.00 

Snow Removal, Art. 10 500.00 

Road Machinery T 2,500.00 

Street Lighting 4,700.00 

Painting Traffic Lines 200.00 

Snow Plow, Art 11, 1949 800.00 

Snow Plow, 1948 700.00 

Snow Fence, 1948-1949 B 200.00 

200.00 398.88 1.12 

CHARITIES 

Public Welfare, Temporary Aid 4,500.00 3,299.56 1,200.44 

Public Welfare, Salaries . 1,150.00 880.80 269.20 

Public Welfare, Administration 150.00 148.76 1.24 

Old Age Assistance 30,000.00 

G 24,375.15 54,161.39 213.76 

Old Age Assistance, Adm B 9.34 

G 686.88 605.18 91.04 

Aid to Dependent Children 5,500.00 

G 1,561.26 

R 1,700.00 8.494.59 266.67 



2,495.63 




150.00 




1,859.33 


140.67 


2,599.89 


.11 


12,799.65 


.35 


2,392.86 


1,857.14 


.1,177.09 


147.91 


9,421.75 


1,078.25 




500.00 


1,886.17 


613.83 


4,535.76 


164.24 


200.00 




752.00 


48.00 


685.00 


15.00 



86 



VETERANS BENEFITS 



150.00 




2,823.00 


2,177.00 


42.25 




775.80 


274.20 




50.00 


72,277.24 


722.76 


19,928.69 


71.31 


122.00 


1,378.00 


1,394.50 


155.50 


2,330.81 


489.45 


280.00 


920.00 


107.05 





Salaries 150.00 

Expenses 5,000.00 

Adm. Expenses 25.00 

R 17.25 

Veterans Services, Salaries 1,050.00 

Veterans Service, Expenses 50.00 

EDUCATION 

Salaries 73,000.00 

Expenses 20,000.00 

Survey Committee 1,500.00 

Fluorescent Lighting B 1,550.00 

High School Roof B 2,820.26 

Play Grounds, West Acton 1,200.00 

Charlotte Conant Library Fund T 107.05 

LIBRARIES 

Salaries and Wages 1,112.00 

R 19.50 1,131.50 

Expenses 1,100.00 1,099.48 .52 

Library Books 300.00 

T 317.16 617.11 

CEMETERIES 

Salaries and Wages 4,600.00 

R 73.76 4,673.76 

Expenses 1,000.00 995.56 4.44 

Mt. Hope Cemetery, Art. 25 800.00 773.50 26.50 

Perpetual Care B 53.79 

T 682.64 736.43 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Fund B 13.65 

T 1,583.66 

Roland Wetherbee Fund T 86.00 

Henry Raymond Fund T 28.45 

Georgia Whitney Fund T 15.00 

Luke Blanchard Fund T 25.00 

UNCLASSIFIED 

Unclassified Account 1,000.00 

Town Reports 800.00 

Surety Bonds 365.00 

Workmen's Compensation 900.00 

R 125.00 

Memorial Day 500.00 

Dog Officer Expense 450.00 



1,597.31 




86.00 




28.45 




15.00 




25.00 




573.79 


426.21 


749.06 


50.94 


364.25 


.75 


1,018.46 


6.54 


436.47 


63.53 


450.00 





87 



Recreation Jones Field 1,000.00 

Recreation Goward Field 1,000.00 

Liability Insurance, Art. 36 700.00 

Bonded Indebtedness '. 1,000.00 

Interest on Notes and Bonds 135.00 

Unpaid Bills, 1948 170.36 



995.95 


4.05 


997.61 


2.39 


682.84 


17.16 


1,000.00 




135.00 




170.36 





$317,976.86 $300,408.03 $17,568.78 



Library Book Account overdrawn January 1, 

1949 .05 



$317,976.81 
NO APPROPRIATION ITEMS 



Expended 



State Parks $365.74 

State Audit 800.43 

County Hospital Assessment 2,393.51 

County Retirement Assessment 1,493.10 

County Tax 9,388.92 

County Dog Officer 1,061.00 

Mass. Treasurer's Retirement 2,868.25 

Withholding Taxes 9,221.91 

Blue Cross ., 1,357.45 

County Retirement 2,044.00 

Trust Accounts 6,850.44 

Refunds of Taxes 752.25 

$339,005.03 
KEY 

B— Balance 

G— Grants 

R — Reserve Fund ' 

T— Transfers 



88 
CASH RECEIPTS AND DEPARTMENTAL PAYMENTS 

Treasurer's Receipts 

Treasurer's Itemized Report $370,553.23 

Cash Balance, Jan. 1, 1949 126,030.40 

$496,583.63 

Payments 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Selectmen's Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

Lawrence Donnelly $ 383.33 

George S. Braman 316.67 

Arthur W. Lee 300.00 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 1,266.20 

Vesta Thompson, Clerk 6.00 

Olive Nicholson, Clerk 51.75 



$2,323.95 



Expenses: 

Postage $40.15 

Stationery & Printing 47.55 

Selectmen's Ass'n. Dues 28.00 

Sundry Items 3.15 



Finance Committee 

Expense : 

Ass'n Dues $10.00 

Printing 10.00 

Attending Meetings 16.65 



Moderator 



$118.85 



$36.6'^ 



Salary : 

Albert P. Durkee $15.00 



89 

Treasurer 

Salary : 

William H, Soar $800.00 

Expenses : 

Postage $134.63 

Stationery 57.73 

Telephones 13.35 

Ass'n Dues 2.00 

Safety Deposit Box .....: 6.00 

— $213.71 



Assessor's 

Salaries and Wages: 

Albert P. Durkee, Chairman $734.00 

Carl C. Flint 633.00 

James W. Baker 633.00 

Marion Baker, Clerk 202.50 



$2,202.50 



Expenses : 

Books and Stationery $67.15 

Association Dues 6.00 

Notices of Transfers & Probates 61.21 

Surveying Town Lines 55.00 

Albert P. Durkee, Attending Meetings 20.00 

Binding Records 6.75 

James W. Baker, Attending Meetings 10.00 

Repairing Typewriter 4.25 

— $230.36 

Collector of Taxes 

Salaries and Wages: 

Carrie M. Durkee $1,250.00 

Raymond Gallant, Clerk 397.74 

$1,647.74 

Expenses : 

Postage $112.64 

Printing and Stationery 84.85 

$197.49 



90 

Town Accountant 

Salary : 

Howard L. Jones ?800.00 

Expenses : 

Stenographic Services $6.00 

Postage 2.85 

Stationery 2.75 

Telephone 2.90 



Town Clerk 

Salary : 

Harlan E. Tuttle 350.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Recording Vital 
Statistics 124.75 



Expenses : 

Stenographic Services $31.50 

Association Dues 3.00 

Attending Meetings lO.UO 

Stationery and Printing 9.33 

Postage 19.50 

Telephone 29.50 



^^^ Election and Registration 

Salaries and Wages: 

Julia A. Barry $125.00 

:Grace Cullinane 125.00 

James B. Wilson 125.00 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Clerk .;....;.......... 50.00 

Pay Rolls, Election and Recount 131.00 

Posting Warrants, 10.00 

Expenses : 

New Voting Booths $150.00 

Rent , 8.00 

Repairing Ballot Box 1.50 

Printing 223.90 



$14,50 



$474.75 



$102.83 



$566.00 



$388.40 



91 

Buildings and Grounds 

Salaries and Wages: 

Harry E. Holt, Custodian $1,164.00 

Harry E. Holt, Care of Grounds 460.90 

Fred Kennedy, Care of West Acton 

Common 20.00 

Payrolls, Buildings Highway Dept 90.69 

?1,735.59 

Expenses : 

Fuel $762.54 

Lighting 346.50 

Telephone 168.58 

Shingling West Fire House 206.30 

New Floor West Fire House 349.10 

Painting at West Fire House 16.00 

Overhead Doors West Fire House 36.55 

New Windows West Fire House 80.00 

Repairs to Fire Houses 112.24 

Building Material, Highway Bldgs. .. 258.67 

Wiring Tree and Moth Bldg 43.08 

Flags 28.39 

Keys 7.75 

Paint 17.89 

Cleaning Tablets 40.00 

Sharpening Mowers 38.75 

Metal Cabinet 15.00 

Painting Flag Poles 35.00 

Painting at South Fire House 18.00 

Cleaning Cesspool 40.00 

r Water ,.,. 17.86 

Window Cord 17.84 

Electrical Repairs 54.84 

Plumbing 32.32 

Building Repairs 36.45 

Burner Service 10.00 

Sundry Supplies 53.06 

$2,842.71 



92 

Article 10 Item 

2 Compressed Airtanks South Fire 

House $670.00 

Repairing Town Clock 

The Clock Shop $183.00 

PROTECTION OF PERSONS AND PROPERTY 

Police Depiartment 

Salaries and Wages : 

Michael Foley $3,120.00 

Officers 2,966.35 



$6,086.35 



Expenses : 

Gas and Oil for Cruiser $791.71 

Repairs to Cruiser 275.40 

Telephone 176.18 

Radio Service 110.35 

Association Dues 5.00 

Insurance IT.90 

Safety Belts 23.55 

Portable Light 20.00 

Holster 8.75 

Stationery, Printing & Forms 24.90 

Sundry Items 14.75 

Seat Covers 12.50 



$1,474.99 



Uniforms 

New Uniforms, Overcoat $199.15 

Fire Department 

Salaries and Wages : 

Annual Salaries $820.00 

Pay Rolls, Fires 650.81 

Pay Rolls, Janitors 540.00 

Inspections 43.35 

$2,054.16 



93 

Expenses: 

Installing New Pump Forest Truck .. $337.00 

Badges 204.55 

Repairing Pump 167.25 

Fuel 477.68 

Telephone 139.73 

Lighting 227.25 

Gas and Oil 143.49 

Repairs on Trucks 85.20 

Changing Locks and Keys 38.49 

2 Spot Lights 36.00 

Repairing Transmitter & Changing 

Number 31.75 

Attending Chief's Meeting 50.00 

Plumbing Repairs 27.36 

Inspection of Tanks 9.00 

Towel Service 11.00 

Water 37.80 

Changing Lights 28.42 

Tire Chains 18.30 

Rope 26.53 

Batteries and Chargers 95.25 

Work on Compressor & Whistle 53.00 

Pressure Switch 25.00 

Pressure Plates 11.10 

Fire Gun Bracket 14.67 

Two Lights 20.40 

Fire Gun Liquid 14.31 

Hose Clamps 9.50 

Sundry Items 76.41 



$2,416.54 



Forest Fires 

Wages : 

Pay Rolls $1,393.85 

Fire Alarm Extension Art. 32 1,970.00 

New Equipment Art. 16 

New Hose $503.80 

Indian Pump Tanks 146.00 



94 

Fire Guns, Hose Changes, Salvage 

Covers, Boots and Coats 314.90 

Canisters 29.04 

Floodlight Cable, Light Bulbs, Etc 138.26 

Three Carpenter Lights 61.65 



$1,193.65 



Gas Masks, Art 18 988.41 

Fire Alarm System Maintenance 

Wages : 

Pay Rolls $199.52 

Expenses : 

Paint, Bolts, Tape, etc $25.07 

Plans for Fire House, Pet. 1, Art. 23 

Expenses: 

Surveying $20.00 

Hydrant Rental 

West and South Water Supply District $3,741.71 
Town of Concord 276.00 



$4,017.71 



Tree Warden 

Salaries and Wages: 

James J. Knight, Supt $567.50 

Pay Rolls 1,481.90 

Expenses: 

Trucks $456.75 

Machinery Rental 432.00 

Gas and Oil 30.56 

Tools and Paint 24.59 

Sundry Items 5.37 

Feeding Shade Trees 

James J. Knight, Supt $ 82.50 

Pay Rolls 154.00 



$2,049.40 



$949.27 



95 

Trucks 53.50 

Fertilizer, Compost, Peat Moss 209.31 

Tree Replacements 

James J. Knight, Supt $ 52.50 

Pay Roll, Labor 54.00 

Trucks 31.50 

New England Nurseries, Trees 111.00 



$499.31 



$249.00 



Eradication of Poison Ivy, Art. 24 

James J. Knight, Supt $308.25 

Pay Rolls, Labor 173.75 

Truck 132.00 

Chemicals 637.00 

Rental of Equipment 247.50 

$1,498.50 

Power Saw, Art 22 800.00 

Moth Department 

Salaries and Wages: 

James J. Knight, Supt $1,071.29 

Pay Rolls, Labor 427.72 



$1,499.01 



Expenses : 

Truck $430.99 

Chemicals 620.00 

Gas and Oil 85.08 

Repairs on Truck 45.56 

Sundry Items 18.37 



$1,200.00 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salaries: 

Edward Estabrook $225.00 

Expenses: 

Seals, Tags, Book, etc 24.55 

Postage and Telephone 8.25 

$32.80 



96 

Health and Sanitation 

Salaries and Wages : 

Dr. Orma L. Clark, Chairman $ 25.00 

Lowell H. Cram, Secretary 15.00 

Herbert L. Leusher, Member 10.00 

Lillian Taylor, Town Nurse (inc 

transportation) 3,005.74 

Hazel Vose, Town Nurse 56.00 

Labor at Dump 1,188.10 

Dr. Paul Gates, Professional Services 280.00 

Edward Higgins, Agent 277.70 

Frank Whouley, Inspections. Permits 

and Licenses 421.25 

Expenses : 

Middlesex County Sanatorium $1,012.50 

Filling in Dump 947.50 

Agents Travel and Sundry Expenses 61.59 

Medical Supplies 98.70 

Forms, Licenses and Printing 51.05 

Cleaning Toilets 43.75 

Inspectors Travel and Sundry 

Expenses 228.7«5 

Repairing Motor 15.35 

Laboratory Service 18.00 

Paint 5.35 

Postage and Telephone 5.50 

Sundry Items 7.59 

Cattle Inspector 



$5,278.79 



$2,495.63 



Salary: 

Arno H. Perkins $150.00 

Garbage Disposal 

Henry Anderson, Contract $1,800.00 

Advertising 27.80 

Postage, Telephone and Stenographic 

Service 31.53 

$1,859.33 



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Highways 

Village 

Russell C. Berry, Supt $ 404.52 

Pay Roll, Labor 1,381.09 

Trucks 177.60 

Gravel 22.50 

Tools 80.10 

Road Signs 32.57 

Lumber 12.72 

Welding 18.00 

Fire Extinguishers 64.35 

Paint and Brushes 279.37 

Range and Lubricating 77.08 

Anti Freeze 21.90 

Fill 18.00 

Chapter 81 

Russell C. Berry, Supt $1,782.37 

Pay Rolls, Labor 6,744.59 

Trucks 1,041.60 

Machinery Rental 3,253.65 

Road Oil 2,925.05 

Cold Patch 1,206.66 

Stone, Sand and Gravel 1,487.61 

Cable Guard and Post 3,582.50 

Cement 56.40 

Coping 212.86 

Pipe and Arch 506.36 

Chapter 90 Maintenance 

Russell C. Berry, Supt $193.43 

Pay Rolls, Labor 865.81 

Trucks 98.40 

Machinery Rental 329.50 

Road Oil 302.56 

Cold Patch 201.59 

Stone, Sand and Gravel 401.57 



$2,599.89 



$22,799.65 



$2,392.86 



98 

Chapter 90, Main Street Construction 

Russell C. Berry, Supt $ 474.02 

Pay Rolls, Labor 1,708.00 

Trucks 207.60 

Machinery Rental 2,043.70 

Road Oil and Asphalt 1,185.28 

Stone and Gravel 4,923.94 

Frames and Grates 168.75 

Culverts 374.75 

Hauling Stone , 91.05 



$11,177.0!) 



Snow Removal 

Russell C. Berry, Supt $ 853.41 

Pay Rolls, Labor 2,653.70 

Trucks 345.00 

Plowing and Sanding 3,436.50 

Sand 540.67 

Salt 847.00 

Welding 241.34 

Gasoline 285.56 

Blades 151.80 

Dust Chute and Repairs 16.57 

Ram and Fittings 50.20 



Rioad Machinery 

Compressor $ 85.00 

Tools 44.29 

Vacuum Tank 59.40 

Bristle Strips 109.00 

Tires 212.30 

Welding 52.40 

Service on Truck 261.48 

Repair to Grader 138.05 

Portable Crane 77.00 

Vise and Bench 30.64 

Automotive Parts 117.50 

Gas and Oil 569.10 



$9,421.75 



99 

Chains 17.30 

Checking Hydraulic Koist 41.38 

Sundry Items 71.33 

$1,886.17 

Street Lighting 

Boston Edison Co 4,535.76 

Painting Traffic Lines 

Labor $160.00 

Traffic Paint 40.00 

$200.00 

Snow Plow, Art. 11, 1949 

Chas. N. Wood Co $752.00 

Snow Plow, 1948 

Chas. N. Wood Co $685.00 

Snow Fence 1948 and 1949 

Standard Fence Co $269.28 

Files and O'Keefe Co 129.60 

— $398.88 

CHARITIES 

Public Welfare 

Temporary Aid: 

Cash to Individuals $1,787.09 

Provisions 105.42 

Medical and Hospital Aid 82.30 

Burial Expense 200.00 

Clothing * 21.25 

Relief by Other Cities and Towns .... 1,103.50 

$3,299.56 

Salaries : 

Walter Stevens, Chairman $114.50 

Mary Laffin .,..., , 85.50 



100 

Lossie Laird 75.00 

Virginia Milbery, Clerk 605.80 

Administration : 

Greater Boston Community Council 

of Social Agencies $ 8.00 

Attending Meetings 11.30 

Stationery and Printing 29.46 

Old Age Assistance : 

Cash Aid to Individuals $28,394.81 

Aid by Other Cities and Towns 1,391.43 

Federal Grant : 

Cash Aid to Individuals $24,375.15 

Administrative Account: 

Federal Grant: 

Mary Laffin, Agent $150.00 

Lossie E. Laird, Agent 450.00 

Attending Meeting 5.18 



Aid to Dependent Children : 

Cash Aid to Individuals $6,933.33 

Federal Grant: 

Cash Aid to Individuals $1,561.26 



Veterans' Benefits 



$880.80 



$148.76 



$54,161.39 



$605.18 



$8,494.59 



Salaries : 

Edward J. Higgins $150.00 

Administrative Expenses: 

Postage and Telephone $34.60 

Stationery 7.65 

$42.25 

Expenses : 

Cash Aid to Veterans $2,823.00 



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Veterans' Services 

Wages : 

Theron A. Lowden, Services $775.80 

Education 
Salaries $72,277.24 

Expenses : 

School Report $19,928.69 

Survey Committee 

Services Rendered $122.00 

Fluorescent Lighting 

Benj J. King, Contract $1,394.50 

High School Roof 

Atlantic Roofing and Skylight Works 

Balance of Contract $2,254.00 

Giles Smith, Architect 72.19 

Telephone Expense 4.62 

$2,330.81 

Playgrounds — West Acton 

Bulldozer and Fill $190.00 

Posts Installed 60.00 

Labor 30.00 

$280.00 

Charlotte Conant School library Fund 

Books $107.05 

Libraries 



Salaries and Wages : 

Mary Lothrop, Librarian $615.00 

Katherine Kinsley, Branch Librarian 104.00 

Evelyn Reed, Branch Librarian 104.00 

Janitors , 212,50 



102 

Binding Books 96.00 

Expenses : 

Insurance $287.46 

Heat 391.79 

Lights 73,81 

New Shelves 94.50 

Installing New Lights 71.22 

Furniture 11.27 

Printing 17.65 

Door Mat 12.75 

Transporting Books 70.00 

Water 12.60 

Cleaning and Services, Branch 

Library 21.60 

Sundry Items 34.83 

Library Books 
Books and Magazines 

Cemeteries 

Salaries and Wages : 

Frederick S. Kennedy, Supt $2,^88.00 

Pay Rolls, Labor 2,385.76 

Expenses : 

Tools 68.84 

Loam $48.00 

Trees and Shrubs 20.00 

Gas and Oil 23.57 

Repairs to Lawn Mowers 108.81 

Paint 36.78 

Water 24.58 

Stone 12.00 

Steel Cabinet 54.35 

Flowers 32.45 

Trucks 191.75 

Fertilizer 50.35 



$1,131.50 



$1,099.48 



$617.11 



$4,673.76 



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Lighting Chapel 31.55 

Seed 17.00 

Deeds 7.00 

Flags 10.40 

Fuel 79.88 

Cover 24.00 

Postage and Telephone 18.96 

Association Dues 5.00 

Lumber 29.27 

Weed Killers 31.87 

Sundry Items 69.15 



Special Oiling Avenues Mt. Hope — Art. 25 

Asphalt and Oil $599.28 

Grading 30.00 

Trucks 18.00 

Sand 58.74 

Pay Roll, Labor 67.48 

Perpetual Care 

Pay Rolls, Labor $690.48 

Flowers 45.95 



Susan Nfoyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 



$995.56 



$773.50 



$736.43 



Pay Rolls, Labor $885.21 

Asphalt 304.11 

Fertilizer and Seed 79.59 

Screened Sand 88.25 

Loam 72.00 

Gravel 24.00 

Water 24.15 

Power Mower 120.00 

$1,597.31 

Private Trust Funds 

Roland Wetherbee Fund $ 86.00 

Georgia Whitney Fund 15.00 



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Henry Raymond Fund 28.45 

Luke Blanchard Fund 25.00 

Unclassified 

Unclassified Account: 

Legal and Professional Services $295.62 

Advertising 71.29 

Letter File 54.00 

Flags 33.80 

Sgns 95.24 

Sundry Items 23.84 

$573.79 

Memorial Day 

Music $180.00 

Flags 65.00 

Wreaths 27.50 

Busses 40.00 

Plants 105.00 

Pvefreshments 18.97 

$436.47 

Workmen's . Compensation Insurance .. 1,018.46 

Liability Insurance 682.84 

Town Reports 

Reports $738.56 

Delivering Reports 10.50 



Surety Bonds 

Collector's Bond $206.25 

Treasurer's Bond 145.50 

Town Clerk's Bond 7.50 

Deputy Collector's Bond 5.00 



Dog Officer 

Keeping and Destroying 50 Dogs $325.00 

Expenses 125.00 



$749.06 



$364.25 



$450.00 



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Recreation 

Jones Memorial Field : 

Superintendents $570.00 

Pay Rolls, Labor 281.96 

Gas and Oil 18.84 

Fence 108.00 

Sundry 17.15 

Coward Field: 

Pay Rolls, Labor $321.90 

Bulldozing 320.00 

Gravel and Fill .' 278.00 

Bog Harrow 22.50 

Welding 12.00 

Wire 10.00 

Pipe 9.75 

Sundry Items 23.46 

Maturing Debt: 

High School Addition Bonds 

Interest on Bonds 

1948 Accounts 

No Appropriation Items 

State Parks $ 365.74 

State Audit 800.43 

County Hospital Assessment 2,393.51 

County Retirement Assessment 1,493.10 

County Tax 9,388.92 

County Dog Account 1,061.00 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 2,868.25 

Withholding Taxes 9,221.91 

Blue Cross 1,357.45 

County Retirement 2,044.00 

Trust Accounts 6,850.44 

Refunds on Taxes 752.25 

Cash Balance December 31, 1949 



$995.95 



$997.61 

$1,000.00 
135.00 
170.36 



$38,597.00 



$339,005.03 
157,578.60 
496,583.63 



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Reserve Fund Transfers 

Aid to Dependent Children $1,700.00 

Board of Health, Salaries 978.79 

Board of Health Expenses 795.63 

Tree Warden, Salaries 300.00 

Tree Warden, Expenses 200.00 

Police Uniforms 50.00 

Workmen's Compensation 125.00 

Fire Dept. Expenses 416.54 

Selectmens Dept. Salaries 24.10 

Collector of Taxes, Salaries 97.74 

Veterans Benefits, Expenses 17.25 

Library Salaries 19.50 

Cemetery Dept. Salaries 73.76 



Machinery Fund 

Balance January 1, 1949 $4,035.00 

Received from Rentals 2,628.38 

Unexpended Balance Road Machinery 
Account 613.83 



Transferred to Road Machinery 

Account $2,500.00 

Balance, December 81, 1949 4,777.21 



$4,798.31 



$7,277.21 



$7,277.21 



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Cemetery Land Fund 

Balance January 1, 1949 $1,695.35 

Received from Sale of Lots 380.00 



Balance December 31, 1949 $2,075.35 



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BALANCE SHEET December 31, 1949 

GENERAL ACCOUNTS 

ASSETS 

Cash $157,578.60 

Accounts Receivable: 
Taxes 

Levy of 1947 

Polls 2.00 

Levy of 1948 

Real Estate $7,876.67 

Personal 2,047.66 

Poll 150.00 

— 10,074.33 

Levy of 1949 

Real Estate $21,310.98 

Personal 2,483.48 

Poll 318.00 

24,112.46 

Motor Vehicle Excise Taxes 

Levy of 1947 28.64 

Levy of 1948 497.98 

Levy of 1949 2,961.98 

3,488.60 

Tax Judgment ' 502.62 

Tax Titles and Possessions 

Tax Titles 113.45 

Tax Title Possessions 346.21 

459.66 

Departmental 

County Dog Account 240.50 

Public Welfare 270.00 

School Dept 131.83 

Aid to Dependent Children 1,193.81 

Old Age Assistance 151.55 

Cemetery Dept 121.00 

2,108.69 

State and County Aid to Highways 

State 6,269.64 

County 3,000.00 

9,269.64 

Under Estimates 1949 

County Tax 930.93 

County Hospital Assessment 476.85 

State Parka Tax 107.23 

State Audit 333.24 

1,848.25 



$209,444.85 



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BALANCE SHEET December 31, 1949 

LIABILITIES AND RESERVES 

Tailings Account $144.81 

Withholding Taxes 168.80 

Blue Cross 13.00 

County Retirement 279.09 

Mass. Teachers Retirement 333.52 

Road Machinery Fund 4,777.21 

County Dog Licenses 38.60 

Cemetery Land Fund 2,075.35 

Appropriation Balances: 

Highways Chap. 90 Maintenance $1,857.14 

Highways, Chap. 90 Main Street 147.91 

School Survey 1,378.00 

Post War Committee 500.00 

Town Forest Committee 500.00 

Playgrounds Study 200.00 

Plans for Fire House, Pet. 1 380.00 



Federal Grants: 

Old Age Assistance Adm 91.04 

Aid to Dependent Children Adm 63.74 



4,963.05 



154.78 



Reserves: 

Reserve Fund Overlay Surplus 5,748.80 

Overlays, Reserved for Abatements: 

Levy of 1947 2.00 

Levy of 1948 1,241.25 

Levy of 1949 2,434.41 

3,677.66 

Revenue Reserved Until Collected: 

Motor Vehicle Excise Tax $3,991.22 

Tax Titles 459.66 

Departm.ental 2,108.69 

State and County Aid to Highways 9,269.64 

15,829.21 

Surplus Revenue 171,240.97 



$209,444.85 



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DEBT ACCOUNT 
Net Funded or Fixed Debt $8,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Trust Funds, Cash and Securities; 

In Custody of Town Treasurer $224,828.39 

In Custody of Trustees 3,465.54 



$228,293.93 



Ill 

DEBT ACCOUNT 
High School Addition Loan $8,000.00 



TRUST ACCOUNTS 

Henry S. Raymond Monument Fund $757.68 

Henry S. Raymond Cemetery Fund 1,661.02 

Charlotte Conant School Library Fund 1,527.41 

Hoit and Scott Cemetery Fund 512.54 

Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Funds 10,033.83 

Elizabeth White Charity Fund 28,339.01 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 15,117.21 

Wilde Memorial Library Fund 16,460.56 

West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 722.34 

Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 4,565.25 

Cemetery Perpetual Care Funds 56,895.33 

Cemetery Surplus Fund 197.71 

Luke Blanchard Cemetery Fund 1,515.27 

Frank C. Hayward Cemetery Fund 1,037.07 

Georgia E. Whitney Charity Fund 1,577.40 

Susan Noyes Hosmer Cemetery Fund 83,908.76 

Charlotte Goodnow Fund 3,465.54 



$228,293.93 



Respectfully submitted. 



HOWARD L. JONES, 
Town Accountant. 



112 
REPORT OF FIRE HOUSE COMMITTEE 



As reported by this committee at the last town meeting, it 
was discovered that the new fire station could not be connected 
to the present building as planned. The land to the west of the 
old fire house was deeded to the town for use as a town com- 
mon and no building can ever be erected on it. 

However, town owned land on the other side and to the 
rear of the present Acton Center fire station has been decided 
on as the most suitable location for a new building. 

All other available land sites in Acton Center have been 
considered, but from the standpoint of fire department effi- 
ciency, insurance rulings, and economy for the taxpayers, the 
present location is still the best. 

The plans for a new station have been sketched by architect 
Frank Owen of Concord, and the land and grades surveyed by 
Harlan Tuttle. 

The size of the new building will be ample to the town's 
needs for many years and arranged to provide for changes as 
the town grows and new equipment comes into use. 

In appearance the new building will be a distinct asset to 
the community. The present fire house will be either moved 
or dismantled. 

In placing the article for the fire house appropriation before 
the voters at this time, the committee recognizes the pressing 
need for new school facilities. It feels that by the time plans 
for such can be formulated, the fire house can be built and paid 
for, and will not be a burden when the new sciiool will require 
vastly greater outlays of money. 

WALTER B. STEVENS 
F. WENDELL PUTNAM, Jr. 
LLOYD W. PRIEST 
EDWARD J. BURSAW 
H. STUART MacGREGOR 

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113 
REPORT OF FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit my report for the Fire Department for the 
year of 1949. 

Total number of alarms responded to are as follows: 

Building 8 

Automobile 3 

Chimney 6 

Emergency 4 

Oil 3 

False 2 

Total 26 

Collected for oil permits $34.00 

Collected for Blasting permits 2.50 

Collected for Gas permits 7.50 

Collected for discarded equipment 25.00 

Total $69.00 

The equipment is in good condition, the new fire alarm ex- 
tension has been completed so that now, should there be a fire 
in any of the operating plants in South Acton, an alarm would 
be automatically sent in. I would like to recommend a like ex- 
tension installed at West Acton this year. 

A large number of runs were made to the dump this year, 
so the fire engineers made recommendation for a water sup- 
ply of some type to be installed at the dump, therebj^ eliminat- 
ing, at least, the largest percent of dump fire calls. 

The new Gas masks were purchased according to law, so I 
feel that the Department is operating as efficiently as possible. 

The Committee on the new Fire House at Acton Center have 
plans and figures to submit to the voters at Town Meeting^ 
so all may see what they are voting for. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 
Chief of Fire Department. 



114 
REPORT OF WELFARE DEPARTMENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 
Gentlemen : 

We respectfully submit the report of the Board of Public 
Welfare for the year 1949. 

The appropriation for Welfare for 1949 was $4,500.00, out 
of which $3,299.56 was spent, leaving a balance of $1,200.44. 
During 1949, we aided ten cases in Acton and two cases out of 
town with Acton settlements. At the present time, we are 
aiding five welfare cases, four of which are in Acton. For the 
out-of-town bills during the past year, we paid $1,103.59, 
while $2,195.97 was paid for the ten cases in Acton. In anti- 
cipation of bills which will be incurred during 1950, we find it 
necessary to ask for an appropriation of $4,500.00, which is 
the same as last year. 

For Aid to Dependent Children, we are asking an appropria- 
tion of $6,500.00. This is $700.00 less than the sum of the 
appropriation and transfers from the Reserve Fund during 
1949. During the year, we aided eight families having a total 
of fourteen dependent children. Our present case load is four 
families with a total of six children. 

We are asking for $35,000.00 for Old Age Assistance for the 
coming year. This is an increase of $5,000.00 over last year's 
appropriation. On January 1, 1949, our case load was 72 and 
on December 31, 1949, it was 80. During the entire year, 87 
persons were aided under this category of assistance, 64 of 
these had Acton settlements, 15 with out-of-town settlements 
and 8 which were unsettled. Owing to the new ruling of the 
State Legislature, each recipient was given an additional $4.00 
per month starting December 1, 1949. This new grant is 
known as Leisure Time Activities. The case load has also in- 
creased considerably. 

Your Board, desiring to give you an analysis of the ex- 
penditures for 1949, submits the following: 



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TEMPORARY AID 

Paid to State on Acton settled cases $728.59 

Paid to other places on Acton settled 

cases 375.00 

Paid to cases in Acton 2,195.97 

$3,299.56 

Estimated reimbursement from State .. $734.00 

734.00 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $2,565.56 

AID TO DEPENDENT CHILDREN 
Total expended $8,494.59 

Estimated Federal Grants $1,741.50 

Estimated State reimbursements 2,831.52 

$4,573.02 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $3,921.57 

OLD AGE ASSISTANCE 
Total expended $54,161.39 

Estimated Federal Grants $24,896.66 

Estimated State reimbursements 19,570.09 

Estimated reimbursements from other 

places 798.83 

$45,265.58 

Approximate net cost to Town of Acton $8,895.81 



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Appropriations recommended for 1950: 

Temporary Aid $4,500.00 

Aid to Dependent Children 6,500.00 

Old Age Assistance 35,000.00 

Administration 1,300.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

WALTER B. STEVENS, 
LOSSIE E. LAIRD, 
MARY M. LAFFIN, 

Board of Public Welfare. 



REPORT OF FOREST WARDEN 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Your Forest Warden submits the following report for the 
year ending December 31, 1949. 

Total number of grass and brush fires 61 

Total number of false alarms 1 

Collected for illegal fires $45.80 

The Forest Fire equipment is in excellent condition except 
that replacements should be made each year to replace worn 
out or lost equipment. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 

Forest Warden, 



117 

REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton : 

I herewith submit my report concerning the work of the 
Highway Department for the year 1949. 

The regular maintenance and work of the cleaning and 
patching was carried on. Extensive brush cutting was done. 

Mixed in place jobs w^ere done on Concord Road, Prospect 
and Main Streets. Seat coats were applied to about ten miles 
of roads. 

Several stone culverts were replaced by steel pipe. 

Approximately twenty-five hundred feet of wood guard rail 
was replaced by concrete posts and steel cable. Included in 
this project was the long stretch beside the pond on River 
Street. 

Construction of Main Street was completed from railroad 
crossing to Harris Street. The approaches at Quarry Road 
and at' Harris Street were widened and brought to gi*ade with 
necessary drainage, catch basins and culverts. 

Another unit in our program of flood control is under con- 
struction at Nashoba Brook on Carlisle Road, where a stone 
bridge is being replaced by a heavy steel arch. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUSSELL C. BERRY, 
Superintendent of Streets.. 



118 

REPORT OF THE TRUSTEES OF THE GOODNOW FUND 
For the Year Ending December 31, 1949 

INVESTMENTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $465.54 

U. S. War Bonds 3,000.00 

$3,465.54 

RECEIPTS 

Charlestown Savings Bank $9.30 

U. S. War Bonds 75.00 

$84.30 

EXPENDITURES 

Harlan E. Tuttle, Treasurer of the Evan- 
gelical Church in Acton $64.30 

Town of Acton for perpetual care of 

Goodnow Lot in Woodlawn Cemetery 20.00 

$84.30 

CHARLES E. SMTTH, 
ROY H. LINSCOTT, 
HORACE F. TUTTLE, 
Trustees of Goodnow Fund. 



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REPORT OF FENCE VIEWERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen ; 
Gentlemen : 

Your committee on Fence Viewing for the Town of Acton 
reports no activity in partition fences for the year 1949. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK, 
LOUIS F. LEVERONI, 
ROBERT G. WILLETT, 

Fence Viewers, 



119 

REPORT OF THE MIDDLESEX COUNTY EXTENSION 
SERVICE FOR THE TOWN OF ACTON, 1949 



Poultry projects conducted during the year included the 
Quality Egg Program, in which Ernest Fiashbart, F. W. Put- 
nam, Jr. and Thomas J. Quin, Jr. cooperated. Through this 
program poultrymen are assisted in improving their egg hand- 
ling facihties and practices. Several poultrymen made use of 
their diagnostic service of the Poultry Disease Program in 
maintaining flock health during the year. F. W. Putnam, Jr. 
and A. Perry Marble are officers in the Middlesex County 
Poultry Association. The 1949 Middlesex County Poultry 
Trade Show held in cooperation with the turkey and poultry 
associations of the county gave poultrymen an opportunity to 
see the latest in egg graders, automatic feeders and other 
equipment. Egg quality and efficient management were the 
themes of the event. 

The dairy projects carried on during 1949 consisted of dis- 
tribution of information relating to mastitis control in dairy 
cows. The 1949 Green Pasture Program, in which Daniel 
Sweeney and Robert J. Young cooperated, endeavored to pro- 
mote more efficient dairying. Cooperation v/as extended the 
Dairy Herd Improvement Association, whose members include 
Walter Liebfried, and to the Selective Breeding Association. 
The Selective Breeding Association is organized to improve our 
dairy animals by the use of superior bulls through artificial in- 
semination. General farmers and gardeners used the facilities 
of our soil testing laboratory. 

Weekly radio talks of interest to local farmers were given 
over Station WBZ. Eleven Twilight Fruit Meetings were held 
in various parts of the county and were attended by many 
Acton growers. Practically every farmer received tTie monthly 
COUNTY BULLETIN containing timely information. 

Under the capable leadership of Mrs. Cleon Phelps, Acton 
women were called together for a great variety of programs 
offered by the Middlesex County Extension Service. A work- 
shop in chair seating helped the women to renew their cane, 
fiber rush, and splint seated chairs . The new five-piece 



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method of slip covering was enthusiastically received. Much 
satisfaction v/as shov/n over the upholstered-like results 
achieved with this simplified new method. 

In response to the continual problem of stretching the food 
dollar, the home agent oliered a food buying series of meet- 
ings. Many suggestions on hov/ to get more for your food dol- 
lar as well as money-saving main dishes were included. The 
food preservation specialist from the University of i^.Iassachu- 
setts demonstrated new methods in canning and freezing and 
helped the w^omen ^vith their individual problems in food pre- 
servation. Several kitchens Vv^ere visited in order to give the 
hornemakers suggestions in remodeling so that they might 
have more efficient kitchens with sufficient wash space. 

Clothing programs proved to be especially popular in Acton. 
Coat construction vv^as taught to leaders w^ho in turn instructed 
community groups. The women were shown how they could 
use their sewing machine attachments. A talk on 'Tashion 
Forecast" rounded out the clothing program for the year. 

The Christmas gift kit offered suggestions on easy-to-make 
article3, which can be used as Christmas presents or to sell at 
bazaars and fairs. 

A monthly service letter reached many Acton homes with 
practical information on homemaking problems. 

There were 67 4-H Club members in Acton Vvith clubs organ- 
ized in clothing, canning, foods, knitting, poultry, garden and 
dairy. 

Nancy Winslow represented Middlesex County at State Girls' 
Day at the University of Massachusetts in the Dress Revue. 
Myma McKelvie and Janice Phelps received county medals for 
be'ng among the first ten clothing club members in the county. 
Poultry boys and girls received fifty free chicks to begin their 
poultry project in the spring. This program v^as directed by 
Arthur Brewster. Marjorie Teele received a county medal for 
excellent poultry work. Kenneth Kienow was awarded chicks 
on his poultry record. Wilda Quinn placed second with her 
Jerrey heifer at the Dairy Show sponsored by the Selective 
Breeding Association in Shrewsbury. Reverend David Thomp- 
son of the Baptist Church cooperated with 4-H Clubs by hav- 



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ing a 4-H Cunday in his church during National 4-H Club 
Week in March. Philip Rimbach was owner of Grand ChampioB 
hen at Eastern States Exposition. 



REPORT OF TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton : 
Gentlemen : 

The Town Forest Committee submits the following report 
for the year 1949 . 

The committee has visited other Town Forest to see how 
they guard there forest from fires. 

It is recommended that the amount of $500.00 appropriated 
in 1945 for the committee remain available for possible use 
during the coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS 
JAMES J. KNIGHT 
EMERY NELSON 



122 
REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL SURVEY COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

The members of the Survey Committee felt that the most 
important factor having to do with future school planning in 
tlie town of Acton was the number of children expected to be 
added to the local school population in the next few years. 
Consequently it was decided to augment the usual school cen- 
sus designed to cover children between five and sixteen to in- 
clude all children of pre-school age. The Survey Committee 
engaged Mr. Richard Woodv/ard, former high school faculty 
member, who worked with Superintendent of Schools Whit- 
man Pearson, Assistant Principal William O'Connell, Instruc- 
tor Albert Koch, and members of the Senior Class to coordinate 
the entire census taking project and insure complete coverage 
t>f all families in Acton. 

Significant facts brought out by the Survey-Census follow: 

. 1.. The expected first grade enrollment for the next six 
years will average about 70. 

2. In September, 1952, enrollment will reach a peak of 80, 
followed in 1953 by 79 and in 1954 by 73. 

3. The only first grade enrollment below 60 will come in 
1951, when according to present figures only 46 students will 
be expected. 

4. Since the high school graduating classes for the next 
six years will average about 40, the net gain each year in 
school population will average about 30. 

5. The net gain of 30 students a year indicates a need for 
at least one additional classroom and one teacher each year 
from now until 1955. 

6. Total school enrollment in 1955 will be nearly 800 as 
compared with 575 in October, 1949. 

7. The rate of increase of the Acton school population dur- 
ing the past twenty years indicates what may be expected in 
the future : 



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1929 School population 

1939 School population 

1949 School population 

1955 School population 

1959 School population 



450 
515 
575 
800 
900 plus ? 



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900 
800 
700 
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300 
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1929 1939 1949 1955 
GROWTH IN ACTON SCHOOL POPULATION 



1959 



PROJECTION OF GROWTH BASED ON PRESENT 

CENSUS DATA 

8. At present 35 Acton residents (or 6% of the student poi>- 
ulation) are attending private schools outside of town and this 
number might be increased or decreased by the following fac- 
tors : 

Parochial school construction 

Depression or increased private school rates 

Improvement of local public school facilities 

In any event the public schools have to be ready to take 
care of the potential '^peak load," and the comparatively small 
number of private school students at any particular grade 
level have little effect on the general school situation. 



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9. Since the existing school facihties are inadequate in 
1949, as evidenced by the use of one church class-room, the 
degree of inadequacy will increase in the face of larger primary 
enrollments, and new facilities will have to be found. 

10. Improvisation and the use of churches and other build- 
ings will take care of the situation until September, 1952; at 
that time there will be at least 15, and probably 18, grade 
school classes, and unless a new building is available, the 
town's regular grade school class-rooms will still number 11. 

First Grade Enrollment Table 1949 to 1955 



1949 


75 


1953 


79 


1950 


62 


1954 


73 


1951 


46 


1955 


60 


1952 

90, 


80 







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406 




1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 
EXPECTED FIRST GRADE ENROLLMENT 

The Survey Committee recognizes the great need for addi- 
tional school facihties for Acton children, and l^elieves that 



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the best solution would be found in the regional high school 
plan. Accordingly, the Committee urges that the voters give 
favorable consideration to the article in the 1950 Warrant 
concerning the formation of a regional school district planning 
board. 

A regional school would remove Acton's secondary school 
students from the present high school so that the building 
could be used for elementary classes, and would offer a num- 
ber of other advantages which are listed below. 

FINANCIAL 

State construction aid up to 65% 
Greater area of support (several towns) 
More for each tax dollar 



EDUCATIONAL 

Specialized teaching staff 
Less teacher * 'turn-over" 
More subjects and courses 
Reduction of "drop-outs" 
Adult education program 
More homogeneous grouping 
Full-time school nurse 
Dental clinic 

Eye and ear testing devices 
More group activities 
Stronger athletic program 
Improved college preparation 
Improved health examinations 

ADMINISTRATIVE 



EQUIPMENT 
MORE AND BETTER 

Office machinery 

Home Economics equipment 

Shop tools and machinery 

Larger library 

Audio-visual aids 

Testing equipment 

Physical Education equip- 
ment 

Art-Music facilities 

Special rooms: Art, Guid- 
ance, Health, Supply, etc. 

Auditorium - Gymnasium 

Scientific apparatus 



Less duplication of facilities (boiler plants, libraries, etc.) 
400 to 900 students optimum for efficiency 
Combine best features of participating schools 
Release of present high school facilities in towns involved 

In the event that the regional school district planning board 
article is not approved by the voters, the Survey Committee 



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recommends favorable consideration of the article to authorize 
the formation of a special school building committee. 

The Committee wishes to express its appreciation for the 
invaluable assistance given by Mr. Pearson in the survey and 
the preparation of this report. 

Respectfully submitted, 

HARRINGTON MOORE, 
EDWARD A. SCHMITZ, 
CHARLES V. STURDIVANT, 
THEODORE G. WILLIAMS, 
Acton School Survey Committee. 



REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year 1949. 

Number of dogs disposed of in accordance with law .. 50 
Number of dogs reclaimed by owners in accordance 

with law 35 

Number of calls answered for dog nuisance 92 

Warnings to delinquent owners to get licenses 83 

I recommend the appropriation for the year 1949 be the 
same. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARTHUR FRASER, 
Dog Officer. 



127 

REPORT OF THE CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS 
FOR THE YEAR 1949 



We herewith submit the following report for the year end- 
ing December 31, 1949. 

The account of the town treasurer shows that during the 
past year the cemetery department has received and paid into 
the treasury the sum of $2,168.93 itemized as follows : — 

Annual care of lots $501.00 

Burials 765.00 

Rental of lowering devise 105.00 

Sale of lots 380.00 

Foundations 259.93 

Miscellaneous 158.00 



$2,168.00 



There has been added to the perpetual care account the past 
year, in new accounts, the sum of $1,760.00. 

We recommend an appropriation for the care of the ceme- 
teries, the sum of $6,300.00 for the year 1950. 

An itemized account of the expenditures for the care of the 
cemeteries will be found in the report of the town accountant. 

The entrances and several roads and avenues in Mt. Hope 
Cemetery, have been oiled this past year, the work being done 
under the special appropriation voted at the last annual town 
meeting. We recommend that this work be continued this 
coming year by another special appropriation. 

We desire to place on record our sincere thanks and appre- 
ciation to the following persons: — 

To Mr. J. Roland Wetherbee of Putney, Georgia, who gave to 
the Town of Acton, the sum of $10,000.00 for the purpose of 
creating, The J. Roland Wetherbee Cemetery Fund, in Wood- 
lawn Cemetery. 

To Mrs. Sarah A. Watson, of Hai-vard, Mass., who gave to 
the Town of Acton, and has installed in the Memorial Chapel 



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at Woodlawn Cemetery, a complete General Electric Oil Fired 
Warm Air Furnace, model LB 40-D, with additional warm and 
cold air ducts, so that the warm air will circulate properly in 
the main part of the chapel. 

By 1951 we will be faced with the serious problem of either 
buying additional land or going up in back of the chapel at 
Woodlawn Cemetery and develop and lay out some land for 
burial purposes. This is liable to be a costly project, as it will 
require the clearing, leveling of the land, laying out roads, in- 
stalling proper drains and water pipes, grading, seeding and 
laying out new lots. We plan to look into this matter very 
carefully this coming year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RAY L. HARRIS, 
HARRY E. HOLT, 
HOWARD F. JONES, 
Cemetery Commissioners. 



REPORT OF PLAYGROUND SITE COMMITTEE 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

No further action has been taken this year towards the selec- 
tion of a playground site in Precinct Three. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. EVERETT PUTNAM, 

Chairman. 



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REPORT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Veterans' Services has become, and will continue to be, just 
what those two words imply, services for Veterans. How help- 
ful that service is, what it is accomplishing, how much g(»od 
it is doing, in a great many instances is practically an un- 
known factor, as far as we who work in it are concerned. A 
great many telephone calls are received, questions asked c^nd 
answers given, courses of procedure mapped out, steps to take, 
where, when and how to take them, things to do and how to do 
them, all problems at the time for the person calling and when 
they say ''thanks" and hang up we certainly feel that we have 
been helpful. 

There have been quite a number of cases requiring consider- 
able time and study ; disability compensation, pension, hospital- 
ization, naturalization, insurance and others of miscellaneous 
rrature, starting with an application, built up with affadavits 
certificates and letters of evidence until sufficient to satisfy the 
Veterans Administration that compensation or pension should 
be paid, hospital care given or naturalization granted. Those 
we can see completed so we think that we are accomplishing 
something. 

Hospital bed facilities are still very much in need here in our 
hvesi but we understand are going to be granted us, just when 
we do not know. Dental funds also are short of meeting needs. 
Compensation cases are being cut downward requiring reviews 
and a fight to carry them on at the present level. So that while 
the Government is spe-nding a lot of money on the Veteran 
don't think he is getting something for nothing or that he does 
not deserve, because he had to fight to get what he is getting 
and to keep on getting it, that is what we are here to help 
him do. 

We wish to thank all the people who in any way assisted us 
during this past year and helping us solve Veterans problems. 

Sincerely, 

THERON A. LOWDEN, 

Director. 



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PROPOSED EARTH REMOVAL BY-LAW 
TOWN OF ACTON 



1-1 The removal of soil, loam, sand or gravel from any parcel 
of land not in public use in the Town of Acton, except as here- 
inafter provided, shall be allowed only after a written permit 
therefor is obtained from the Board of Selectmen after a pub- 
lic hearing of which due notice is given. 

1-2 No permit shall be required for the continuous operation 
on any parcel of a sand or gravel pit in operation at the time 
this by-law is adopted, provided such operation is not there- 
after discontinued for more than one year ; and no permit shall 
be required for the removal of soil, loam, sand or gravel from 
any parcel of land when incidental to and in connection with 
the construction of a building on the parcel. 

1-3 In issuing a permit under this by-law, the Board of Se- 
lectmen may impose such conditions not specifically provided 
for herein as it may deem necessary for the adequate protec- 
tion of the neighborhood and the Town. Any conditions im- 
posed by the Board shall be attached to and made a part of the 
permit. The Board may, in its discretion, require a bond, certi- 
f.ed check or other security for compliance with said condi- 
tions or as evidence of good faith as to the completion of any 
proposed construction. The Board may, after a public hearing 
on proof of violation of any condition, revoke any permits so 
issued. No permit shall be issued under the provisions of this 
by-law for a period of more than three years. 

Removal of Sand and Gravel 

2-1 Sand and gravel may be removed from any parcel of 
land, except within 300 feet of a street or way, and the Board 
shall issue a permit therefor provided, however, that the Board 
shall impose such reasonable conditions as to the disposition 
of top soil and the re-establishment of ground levels and 
grades as it may deem necessary. 

Removal of Soil or Loam 

3-1 Soil or loam may be removed from any parcel of land 
within such parcel determined by the Board to be unsuited to 



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agricultural use, and the Board may issue a permit for such 
removal; provided, however, that the Board shall in making 
such decision, obtain the recommendations of the appropriate 
Soil District Supervisor and the County Extension Director or 
Agent, or their successors, and their recommendations shall 
be made a part of the records of the Board. In issuing a per- 
mit, the Board may impose reasonable conditions as to the re- 
establishment of ground levels and grades. 

3-2 Notwithstanding the provisions of the above, the Board 
mxay issue a permit for the removal of soil or loam from any 
parcel of land in the Town where such removal is necessarily 
incidental to and in connection with the construction of a road 
or other facility involving a permanent change in the use of 
the land. The Board shall issue no such permit unless it is 
reasonably satisfied that the construction will be completed 
and evidence thereof shall be made part of the records of the 
Board. 

Removal Within 300 Ft. of Streets 

4-1 Soil, loam, sand or gravel may be removed from any par- 
cel of land within such parcel lying Vv^ithin 300 feet of any 
street or way, provided a permit therefor has been issued by 
the Board after satisfactory evidence that such removal will 
not be seriously detrimental or injurious to the neighborhood; 
provided further that the Board shall impose reasonable con- 
ditions as to the method of removal, the re-establishment of 
ground levels and grades and the planting of the area to suit- 
able cover, as it may deem necessary. Removal of soil or loam 
under authority of this section shall be further subject to the 
provisions of Section III. 

5-1 Whoever violates the provisions of any of these regula- 
tions shall be subject to a fine of not exceeding Twenty Dol- 
lars ($20.00) for each offense. 



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REPORT OF SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my annual report, as Sealer of Weights 
and Measures, for the year ending December 31, 1949. 

In the past year I sealed 345 weighing and measuring de- 
vices. Also many of these had to be adjusted with one plat- 
form scale being condemned. 

The State Department of Standards loaned the equipment 
for measuring the Tank Truck Meter Systems as usual, there- 
by saving our merchants time and money by not having to go 
out of town to have this test made. 

I found the merchants very co-operative and anxious to have 
their equipment accurate. 

Sealing fees collected $156.65. The same was turned over to 
the Town Treasurer. 

The reason for increased fees collected over other years is 
due to the advanced prices by the State of Massachusetts, 
made effective May 31, 1949. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD W. ESTABROOK, 
Sealer of Weights and Measures. 



REPORT OF ELIZABETH WHITE FUND 

The trustees have signed orders to the Treasurer for five 
hundred dollars ($500.00) for the year ending December 31, 
1949 after careful investigation and found worthy of help from 
this fund. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WALDO E. WHITCOMB, 
CLARA L. SAWDER, 
GRACE 0. LEARS, 
Trustees of Elizabeth WTiite Fund, 



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REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF SLAUGHTERING 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Slaughtering for 
the year ending December 31, 1949. 

There has been no report of slaughtering of any kind in 
Acton during the year 1949. 

Respectfully submitted, 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, 
Inspector of Slaughtering. 



REPORT OF TREE WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby suubmit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1949. 

An appropriation of $2500 was made for this work. This 
money was used for emergency work, such as removing dead, 
broken and dangerous trees. Seventeen hundred fifty dollars 
was used for labor while $750 was used for expenses. 

We have several more large trees to be removed and more 
cabling to do to save our trees and much trimming to be done. 
The power saw was a great help and as much work could not 
have been accomplished without it. 

I recommend $2500 be appropriated for the care of shade 
trees in 1950. Of this, $1750 be used for salaries and wages; 
$750 for expenses. 

An appropriation of $250 was made for replacement of shade 
trees. There were about 40 trees placed throughout the town. 
I recommend the same appropriation of $250 be made for the 
same purpose this coming year. 



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Some of our trees in town need feeding badly, which will 
help a lot in keeping away some of the diseases. Last year the 
sum of $500 was appropriated for this purpose. I recommend 
that $500 be appropriated for the feeding of shade trees in 
1950. 

The sum of $1500 was appropriated and turned over to the 
Tree Warden for the suppression of Poison Ivy. It was used 
on the school ground and the playground in South Acton and 
on approximately seven miles of road. It was not a thorough 
kill because it was the first year of use. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 

Tree Warden. 



REPORT OF MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1949. 

An appropriation of $2700 was made for moth work last 
year, of which the running expense was $1200 and $1500 for 
labor. This money was used for spraying throughout the town 
for pest control and a second spray for pest control and elm 
leaf beetle through part of the town. 

I recommend that the sum of $2700 be appropriated to be 
used for the control and suppression of insect pests. Of this, 
J151500 for labor and $1200 for expenses. 

The Town Sprayer is in need of overhauling. The pump 
needs repacking, the motor and tank need overhauling. 

I recommend that $250 be appropriated for this purpose. 

There is Dutch Elm Disease in most towns surrounding us 
and I believe we should take precautions to protect our shade 
trees. Therefore, I recommend that the sum of $500 be appro- 



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priated to be used for control work of the Dutch Elm Disease 
in accordance with Chapter 761 of the Acts of 1949. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 
Moth Superintendent. 



REPORT OF TOWN NURSE 

To the Board of Health 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending December 
81, 1949. 

Bedside calls 800 

Pre-natal 196 

Post-natal 134 

Welfare 217 

Night calls 18 

Twenty patients were taken to Middlesex County Sana- 
torium for X-ray and check-up. Two patients were taken to 
Lakeville Sanatorium for x-ray and check-up. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R. N. 



136 • 
REPORT OF THE BOARD OF HEALTH 



January 6, 1950. 

The Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

The Board of Health of Acton herewith submits its report 
for the 3'ear ending December 31, 1949, together with the 
annual report of the Agent, Inspector of Slaughtering, Food 
and Drug Inspector, and the Inspector of Sanitation. 

It is with sincere regret that the Board of Health accepts 
the resignation of Mr. Lowell Cram of West Acton, Mass. He 
has faithfully sei^'ed the Town of Acton, and the Board of 
Health for the past twelve years as secretary and finance ad- 
visor. It was his untiring efforts which has kept the expense 
of Pubhc Health at the lowest possible level. He was re- 
sponsible for drafting the Garbage Collection Contract for 
which several towns have since requested copies to aid them in 
their respective districts. His ability and untiring efforts will 
be a distinct loss to the Board and thus to the Town of Acton, 
especially now, when expenses have risen sharply due to the 
high cost of living and requirements of the State, which, in the 
past, did not require the strict adherence to regulations that 
will in the future be required. Now with the prospects of State 
or District control over many health problems near, added 
expenses instead of a cut as expected will face health officials. 
Mr. Cram has given freely of his time and many times his 
money for which he has asked nothing, therefore, we felt we 
could do nothing more than to respect his wishes and accept 
his resignation. 

Theie were thirty-tvvo cases of contagious diseases reported 
to the Board of Health during the year. This does not reflect 
the true picture of diseases dangerous to public health, as 
many cases were not reported. 

Cases reported: 

Chicken Pox 6 

Dog Bite 9 

Measles 5 

T. B 1 



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Food Poison 1 

Scarlet Fever 3 

Septic Sore Throat 1 

Mumps 3 

German Measles 3 

Total 32 

There were no epidemics during the year 1949. The thirty- 
two cases listed were distributed over the entire year, indicat- 
ing that isolation immediately applied prevented the spread of 
diseases. 

The Town Dump is in excellent condition. It is well covered 
and attended to with care. The dry spell during the summer 
caused some apprehension as to a fire hazard requiring 24 
hour care part of the time. Lack of water in the well at the 
dump made it necessary for the local Fire Department to make 
several trips during the summer. 

The conditions of the highways in several sections of the 
town due to some persons disposing of rubbish from a car 
over an embankment along the roadside has caused some ap- 
prehension on the part of health officials. Investigation will 
continue to place definite responsibility, and action will be 
taken against persons violating this health code. 

Board of Health officials have spent many hours investigat- 
ing other districts that are connected with the Nashoba Health 
District to determine the advisability of entering into that 
unit. It has been determined from all of these investigations 
that no advantage would be gained by the town, as the same 
number of members of the local board would be necessary, the 
same expenses would also be necessary PLUS an additional 
expense of approximately four thousand dollars ($4,000.00) 
or $1.00 per person to be paid in advance to the District 
Health Union with little or no help other than on some in- 
spections. 

Pasteurization of milk has long been necessary in this state. 
Pwegulation requiring the pasteurization of milk in Acton has 
been necessary only after many hours of investigation by the 
Board as to the advisabilitj^ of its effect on the town. 



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At the request of many towns people the Town Dump 
should be open longer. The Board of Health is considering 
the feasability of keeping the dump open five days a week. 

The citizens of Acton can look for rules and regulations for 
food establishments in the near future. The Board of Health 
has in mind only the health of its citizens, and will invoke only 
those laws and regulations that are absolutely necessary. 

As in the past, the diphtheria clinic was held at the schools 
with satisfactory results. (See report of School Nurse). 

DEATHS 

Deaths reported 21 

Died in Acton 16 

Buried in Acton 10 

Buried elsewhere 11 

Died elsewhere 5 

Respectfully submitted, 

0. L. CLARK, M. D., Chairman 
H. LEUSHER 

EDWARD J. HIGGINS, Agent 
Board of Health, Acton, Mass. 



139 
REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen of Acton : 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report as Inspector of Animals for the 
year 1949. 

Barns visited 49 

Cows 196 

Bulls 10 

Steers 2 

Pigs 21 

Sheep 19 

Goats 47 

Horses 12 

Young Cattle 85 

Dog Bites 2 

Dogs quarantined 2 

Rabies 

The Department of Agriculture, through your animal inspec- 
tor would like to inform all cattle owners that in the preven- 
tion of Bangs Disease the veterinary will vaccinate, free of 
charge at the time of Tuberculosis test, all calves between the 
age of four months and breeding age. 

Please report all dog bites to your Animal Inspector. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, 
Inspector of Animals. 



140 
REPORT OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 
Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the Police Department for 
the year ending December 31, 1949. Said report includes all 
arrests made within the town during the past year. 

Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Operating without a M. V. license 11 

Going through a red light ^ 3 

Speeding 49 

Operating so as to endanger 9 

Failing to slow at an intersection 2 

Operating under the influence of liquor 3 

Not displaying an inspection sticker 5 

Operating an unregistered motor vehicle 5 

Operating an uninsured motor vehicle 4 

Imprbper brakes 2 

No registration in possession 1 

""Leaving scene after causing property damage .... 2 

Not passing at a safe distance 

^^,/ Operating after revocation of license 

Operating after suspension of license ... 

Allowing improper person to operate 

Impeding operation of motor vehicle 

Attaching plates illegally 

Improper registration plates 

Drunkenness 1 

Assault and Battery 4 

Collecting junk without a license 3 

Larceny 3 

Delinquent children 1 

Carrying revolver without a license 1 

Non-support 1 

Disturbing peace 1 

Vagrancy 3 

Breaking and entering in night time 2 



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Arson 2 

Threatening bodily harm 1 

Escapee from Bedford Veterans' Hospital 1 

Escapee from Shirley Industrial School 1 

Arrested and turned over to other departments .. 2 

Committed to State Hospitals 2 

Motor Vehicle accident report: 

Accidents reported 47 

Occupants injured 27 

Pedestrians injured 2 

Bicyclists injured 4 

Fatal accidents 1 

Injured persons transported via Police emer- 
gency ambulance 18 

There were eighteen less accidents reported and twenty- 
eight less persons injured this year than in 1948. Unfortu- 
nately however, we had one fatal accident during the past 
year. 

Excessive Speed 

Many complaints were received in regard to speeding 
through the villages. As a result of these complaints, many 
operators appeared in court while three hundred eighty-one 
operators were booked and warned by the police. 

Thirty-eight licenses were suspended or revoked by the 
Registrar of Motor Vehicles for improper operation. 

I recommend that a survey be made of the through streets 
of the town as to the average speed being used and that the 
streets be zoned and posted as to speed allowed. 

Cruiser 

The Dodge car now used by this department as a cruiser 
and emergency ambulance has given very good service, but as 
the speedometer reading is nearing the 80,000 mile mark, I 
recommend that a new car be purchased this year. 



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Call Acton 169 for Police 

All calls, day or night, should be made by calling Acton 169. 
If the officer on duty is on patrol he will be notified by radio 
of your call. If the officer is at some other place, your call 
will be transferred to that number by the operator. In an 
emergency, simply call Emergency Acton 169 — state the 
nature of the emergency and your location before leaving the 
telephone. Never try to contact the officer direct by radio. 

Your Police Department is on duty twenty-four hours a 
day and is always willing to serve you. 

In closing, I wish to call attention to the fine work being 
done by Patrolman Collins and to thank all the officers of this 
department who co-operated with me in carrying out the 
duties of the Police Department during the past year. I also 
wish to express my thanks to the Board of Selectmen for their 
co-operation during the past year and to the local telephone 
operators for their prompt and efficient handling of our emer- 
gency calls and to the personnel of the Concord Police Depart- 
ment for their radio broadcasts. To all others who in any way 
assisted us, we are grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY, 

Chief of Police. 



143 
REPORT OF THE ACTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Ralph W. Piper, Acting Chairman ^^\ 

Murray Brown v" - ^ ' ' 

Carl A. Christofferson 
Arthur F. Davis 
Eugene L. Hall 
Arthur W. Whitcomb 
Wendell F. Davis 
Florence A. Merriam 
Gertrude P. Tuttle 

The last three members hold office by election. The others 
are Corporate members. 

Librarians 

Katherine Kinsley West Acton Branch 

Mary Lothrop Memorial Library 

Evelyn Reed South Acton Branch 

Janitor 

Robert E. Frost 

The State Certificate party was held in May and 64 Honor 
Certificates were presented to 43 children, with Virginia New- 
ton leading the list with a score of 5, which meant she re- 
ported on 100 books. There were 48 second and third grade 
children who were given Honorable Mention as being 
promising readers. The entertainment was provided by Har- 
low M. Russell of Chelsea, whose moving pictures pleased us 
all. We are indebted to him and to his assistants who came 
free of charge for the sake of the children. 

We thank The Reverend and Mrs. David Thompson for their 
fine work with the children in the Story Hours. They also 
make no charge. The Clubs and Churches of all three precincts 
have contributed space and refreshments for these occasions. 
Also, gratitude goes out to Mr. Sidney Laffin for giving us 



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special rates on bus service, in order to let the children attend 
regularly. 

New shelves have been built in, in the Children's Room, 
which release much-needed space in the main Stack Room. 
Most of the Juvenile books have been re-arranged by subject, 
such as Sports, Indians, Scouting, etc., so that the children 
may find what they want more readily. 

In the main Stack Room, six fluorescent lights have been 
ins 'called which illuminate the galleries and hitherto dark 
spots. Also, one light has been placed over the stairway on 
the street side of the building. 

Accession — Number of volumes in Library, January 1, 

1949 20,593 

Increase by purchase 262 

Increase by gift 687 

Withdrawn from circulation 765 

Number of volumes in Library, January 1, 1950 20,877 

Circulation — Number of days Library was open 104 

Number of volumes circulated 20,239 

Largest daily circulation December 21 539 

Smallest daily circulation October 12 57 

Daily average 194.6 
The circulation shows a gain over the previous 

year 2,912 

This splits up as follows 

Fiction— 13,228 Juvenile— 5,146 Non-Fiction— 1,865 

The Library acknowledges with gratitude, gifts from the 
following: 

BOOKS 

Acton Girl Scouts, 38; Acton Grange No. 259, 1; Robert M. 
Bowen, 3 ; Mrs. Waldo Braman, 20 ; Mrs. F. G. Buhrig, 1 : Mr. 
■and Mrs. Gordon Coles, 2; Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 5; 
Concord Free Public Library, 250 ; Mrs. Lily M. Davis, 25; Mr. 
and Mrs. Richard Deane, 5; Mrs. Laura Forbes^ 26; Dr. and 



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Mrs. W. W. Forbes, 26 ; Gerald Gaebel, 17 ; Mr. Walter Guinon, 
1; Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Harris, 15; Mrs. Belle Libby Hinck- 
ley, 8; Mrs. Arvilla Hobart, 9; Mr. and Mrs. Frank LaCivita, 
62; Miss Ethel^incoln, 1; Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Locke, 28; Edith 
McMillan, 1 ; Maralen Moody, 1 ; Mrs. Mildred Pope Moore, 115 ; 
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Motley, 8 ; Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Olsen, 6 ; 
Mrs. Beatrice Parsons, 1; Curtis Petersen, 4; Miss Elizabeth 
Reed, 1 ; Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Shores, 6 ; Mr. and Mrs. Stin- 
son, 2; U. S. Steel Corporation, 1 ; E. H. Washburn, 3; Mr. and 
Mrs. R. E. Woodbine, 10 ; Mrs. Joyce Woodhead, 4. 

MAGAZINES 

Edith McMillan, Walter B. Stevens, E. H. Washburn. 

FINANCIAL RECEIPTS 

Fines $171.05 

Miscellaneous 10.95 

Sale of books 13.95 



$195.95 

MARY LOTHROP, 
Librarian. 



REPORT OF WORKMENS' COMPENSATION AGENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

There were three accidents reported to me during the past 
year. All were settled to the satisfaction of all concerned. 

Please report all accidents promptly to your compensation 
Agent. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 
Workmen's Compensation Agent. 



1949 iMDAL REPORT 

For the Vear Ending December Thirty-first 




Town of Icton, Massachnsetts 



Murphy & Snyder, Maynaxd, Mascackusetts 



2 
ORGANIZATION 



Schaol Committee 

Mr. Ernest Simpson, Chairman Term expires 1950 

Mrs. Hazel P. Vose, Secretary Term expires 1950 

Mr. Donald Severance Term expires 1951 

Mrs. Gertrude Tuttle Term expires 1951 

Mr. Charles Sturdivant Term expires 1952 

Mrs. G. Howard Reed Term expires 1952 

Meetings of the School Committee 

Regular meetings of the school committee are held the sec- 
ond Monday of each month in the high school at 7:30 p.m. 
Exceptions may be made especially during the summer 
months. 

Superintendent 

Whitman Pearson 
Office— High School Building, Telephone 110 

School Physician Paul P. Gates, M. D. 

Telephone 412 

School Nurse Mrs. Simon D. Taylor, R. N. 

Telephone 33-22 

Attendance Officer „.., Louis Leveroni 

Telephone 110 

High School, Telephone 110 Custodian Louis Leveroni 

Center School, Telephone 86 .....Custodian Walter Williams 

South School, Telephone 445 Custodian Kenneth Harvey 

West School, Telephone 105 Custodian Ernest Banks 



School Calendar 1950-1951 

January 3, 1950, Reopening of schools 

February 20-24, Winter Recess 

April 17-21, Spring Recess 

May 30, Memorial Day 

June 9, Graduation, Elementary Schools close. 

June 16, High School closes 

September 6, Reopening of High School 

September 11, Reopening of Elementary Schools 

October 12, Columbus Day 

November 23, 24, Thanksgiving Recess 

December 22 to January 1, 1951, Christmas Holidays 

February 19-23, Winter Recess 

April 16-20, Spring Recess 

May 30, Memorial Day 

June 8, Graduation, Elementary Schools close 

June 15, High School closes 

No School Signal — All Schools All Day 

7:00 a. m., Fire Whistle — 2-2-2-2 
7:00-8:00 a. m., WBZ, WEEI, WLLH 



REPORT OF ACTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

We present our report for the year 1949 along with that of 
the Superintendent of Schools which has been approved by 
your School Committee. 

In March of this year we welcomed our newly elected mem- 
ber, Mr. Charles Sturdivant, and Mrs. G. Howard Reed, re- 
elected for a third successive term. 

School Facilities : — Your School Committee is of the opinion 
that considerable thought must be given by you the people 
of Acton to the immediate needs of the Acton School System. 
Our town, like many others, is having ''growing pains." Our 
present facilities are fast becoming inadequate. (See Report of 
Survey Committee) 

Town Warrant: — Articles presented in the Town Warrant 
regarding your schools should be given considerable thought 
by you who are interested in the future of the Acton School 
System and the welfare of your children. 

Custodians : — We are of the opinion that the people of Acton 
should be pleased with the fine job Mr. Leveroni has done with 
our High School building in keeping it in such good condition 
throughout the year. Our thanks to the Custodians of the Ele- 
mentary Schools, Messrs. Banks, Harvey and Williams, for the 
fine work they have done in redecorating their respective build- 
ings at a very low cost. (Accomplished from funds within our 
school budget). 

Recreation and Sports: — The School Committee generally is 
aware of the inadequacy of our present recreational and ath- 
letic facilities and, unfortunately we are not properly staffed 
and equipped to meet the needs we know exist. We hope to im- 
prove in this department as time goes on. 

I would take this opportunity to thank the members of the 
School Committee for the excellent cooperation they have 
given me as Chairman of the Board and trust that my succes- 
sor to the Chair will find the pleasure I have enjoyed as your 
Chairman. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ERNEST SIMPSON, 
Chairman : Acton School Committee. 



Received — To Credit of Schools 

State Aid for Transportation $2,997.50 

State Aid for Public Schools (Chapter 70) 23;962.73 

Tuition and transportation — State Wards 261.50 

Tuition, City of Boston Wards 244.76 

Tuition, Town of Boxborough 3,215.85 

Tuition, Town of Westford 278.20 

State Aid for Vocational Education 149.74 

Miscellaneous collections at High School 

(personal telephone calls, lost books, etc.) 100,21 

Tuition— Mildred Weymouth 62.00 



$31,272.49 

Net Cost of Operation 

Appropriated 1949 $93,000.00 

Unexpended balance 786.07 

Expended $92,213 93 

Received to credit of schools (as above) $31,272.49 

Net cost of operation and vocational tuition $60,941.44 

Less: Cost of new equipment $754.34 

Net cost of vocational tuition .. 305.00 



$1,059.34 



Net cost of operation $59,882.10 

Expended for Operation in 1949 

High Elem. Total 
(Grs. 7-12) (Grs. 1-6) (Grs. 1-12) 

Salaries $43,626.08 $28,659.16 $72,285.24 

Fuel 1,247.91 1,519.22 2,767.13 

Books and Supplies 2,461.53 1,245.13 3.706.66 

Transportation 3,646.00 3,625.00 7,271.00 

Power, Repairs, Miscellaneous 2,999.14 1,704.73 4,703.87 

Libraries 20.95 20.95 

Health 125.00 125.00 250.00 

Totals $54,126.61 $36,878.24 $91,004.85 

Less Receipts (Except $149.74 State 
Aid for Vocational Tuition $17,073.28 $14,049.47 $31,122.75 

Net Cost of Operation .$37,0.53.33 $22,828.77 $59,882.10 



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Average number of pupils 229 834 563 

Average yearly cost per pupil to near 
est dollar $161.00 $68.00 $106.00 

Additional non-operating expenses: 

New equipment $754.34 

Vocational tuition 454.74 

Total non-operating expenses $1,209.08 

Total operating expenses $91,004.85 

Total Expended $92,213.93 

Proposed Budget for 1950 

Salaries and Wages $81,920.00 

General Expenses (fuel, books and supplies, trans- 
portation, vocational tuition, power, repairs, 
outlay, health, libraries, and miscellaneous) .. 21,150.00 

Total ?103,070.00 



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REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 



To the School Committee and Citizens of Acton, 
Massachusetts : 

Herewith is presented my second annual report as Superin- 
tendent of Schools for Acton. 

This report is intended to reflect the accomplishments and 
activities of the Acton School Department for the year 1949, 
and to bring to the attention of the townspeople the important 
educational problems which can be solved only with the aid of 
an informed citizenry. As our society becomes more complex, 
and adjustment to the situation becomes a more involved pro- 
cesSj the burden on the schools increases so that popular under- 
standing, interest, and support are of vital importance. 

A well-prepared faculty, alert to the needs of today's youth, 
is by far the most important element of any school system, 
and so the teaching staff will be the first subject considered 
by the report. 

TEACHING STAFF 

Effective education requires good teachers more than any 
other element, and for the school year 1949-50 Acton has a 
well-qualified faculty, although nine members represent re- 
placements for teachers who were on the staff at this time 
last year. As pointed out in the 1948 report, this continuing 
teacher turnover of 33% constitutes a tremendous difficulty 
for the school authorities to overcome, because it results in a 
continuing unsettled relationship between teachers and stud- 
ents. Usually new teachers, especially when they are inex- 
perienced, require some time to develop an effective class room 
situation, and of course as in business there is a loss of effi- 
ciency while the new employees are becoming adjusted to new 
working conditions, policies, and personalities. Acton's un- 
settled personnel situation is caused primarily by the proximi- 
ty of many communities with higher salary schedules, but the 
new state aid policy, which helps communities of under 5000 
population by contributing nearly a thousand dollars per 
teacher, should help to overcome this condition. As an example 



of what has happened in the past, one woman teacher had con- 
tract offers from Needham, Concord, and Lowell last June, 
and fmally accepted the latter city's oher at an increase of sev- 
eral hundred dollars. While the level of faculty salaries will 
go higher as a result of the state aid law and the continuing 
shortage of experienced teachers, for the first time in Massa- 
chusetts, small towns are in a fairly good competitive position. 

IN-SERVICE TRAINING 

Teaching like other professions is advancing constantly with 
new and more effective techniques embracing audio-visuai 
aids, improved testing mechanisms, increased attention to in- 
dividual differences, better records, buildings and equipment 
designed along functional lines, and emphasis on life adjust- 
ment programs. ; 

Under the sponsorship of Lowell Teachers College which 
acted on the recommendation of the Merrimack Valley Super- 
intendent's Association, all day conferences were held during 
the spring and fall for teachers of each grade from one to six, 
and these were especially valuable for acquainting primary 
and elementary instructors and principals with the latest de- 
velopments in their fields. 

Proximity to some of the nation's finest schools of Educa- 
tion is a great advantage for the Acton faculty, and among 
the teachers who have been doing graduate work during the 
past year are the following: 

Name Field Institution 

Ralph Stetson Driver Training Northeastern University 

Carl Bowman Zoology Boston University 

Carl Bowman Botany Boston University 

Albert Koch Radio in Education Tufts College 

Whitman Pearson Public School Finance Harvard University 

John Haynes Delinquency and Boston University 

Education 

William O'Connell Psychology Boston University 



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SCHOOL HOUSING 

The School Ccmmittee and the School Survey Committee 
authorized members of the Senior Class under the direction 
of Richard Woodward and Assistant Principal William O'Con- 
nell to take the 1949 School Census. Student census takers 
were given proper credentials by the Superintendent of 
Schools and they gathered not only the information required 
by law about children between five and sixteen, but data on 
pre-school children which was of great help to the Survey 
Committee in the preparation of its report and graphs. Ac- 
curacy of the school census is more important now than in 
former years because the number of children between seven 
and sixteen is the basis for one form of state aid. 

Present indications are that the Acton school system will 
have to provide two more classrooms and two more teachers 
in September, 1950, and provision for this has been made in 
the 1950 school budget. As the last ''single class" 6th grade 
group passes into the high school, the promotion of the two 
present 5th grade groups will require another 6th grade 
teacher. Likewise the advancing of the three first grades now 
in operation will make necessary another 2nd grade faculty 
member. 

All existing school rooms are being used at present as well 
as the basement of the Center Church, and investigation has 
indicated that the Sunday School rooms of the West Acton 
Baptist Church and the South Acton Congregational Church 
offer the best possibilities for school use in the fall of 1950. 
People who are thinking ahead about school housing problems 
will be vitally interested in the facts, figures and graphs ap- 
pearirg as part of the School Survey Committee Report, and 
will be especially concerned with the real classroom crisis in- 
dicated for September, 1952. 

A regional high school or new local high school building 
could be in operation by that time, and by taking care of the 
senior high school classes, this would release existing facilities 
in the present high school building for use by lower grades. A 
tentative building line-up for the future might be as follows: 

Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, at the village schools 
Grades 5 and 6 in the high school building 



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Grades 7, 8, 9 ( Jr, High School) in the high school building 
Grades 10, 11, 12, new building 

The advantages of a regional school have been set forth in 
the Survey Committee Report and will not be repeated here. 
Questions which have to be decided by the voters of participat- 
ing towns include: the authorization to take part in the re- 
gional project; approval of the contract negotiated by the re- 
gional committee for the member towns; appropriation of 
funds required for construction and operation of a regional 
building. 

At every step, and there are eight, before the new building 
would be ready for operation, the state's school building 
ass^* stance commission, headed by Mr. John Marshall of Stow, 
must approve the process to justify the Commonwealth's con- 
tribution, which under new legislation may be as high as 65 
per cent of the total cost. 

A special joint meeting of nearby school committees was 
held at Acton in September to discuss the regional school 
proposition, and the net result of this was a request to Mr. 
Marshall's office for a survey of the regional school possibili- 
ties in this area. To date no report on this survey has been 
received. 

The ''regional school district planning board" article included 
in the 1950 Warrant is a preliminary move designed to ap- 
praise town sentiment in regard to the regional school idea, 
and does not in any way commit Acton to an irrevocable 
agreement with the state or other tovms. 

REDECORATING SCHOOL INTERIORS 

During the summer custodians Harvey, Banks, and Wil- 
liams of the elementary schools completed the "color dynamic" 
refinishing of their building interiors at a nominal cost to the 
school department. All color combinations were determined on 
a scientific basis which took into consideration the elements 
of exposure, window space, purpose and grade level, and the 
''new look" has provided a most attractive and stimulating 
school environment for Acton children. People who are 
familiar with, current school building costs, averaging about 



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$25,000 for each new classroom, were pleased with the low- 
cost transformation which science, paint, and plenty of hard 
work achieved. 

At the high school, Louis Leveroni and his assistant Donald 
Spinney rejuvenated that building with their efforts directed 
at painting lockers and dressing rooms, improving the park- 
ing area, and refinishing floors. Fine hard wood floors, which 
for years were hidden under thick coats of black oil, in keep- 
ing with the practice of another generation, have been com- 
pletely reclaimed by hours of sanding and polishing. 

The articles in the 1950 Warrant regarding the painting of 
building exteriors, ceiling refinishing throughout the system, 
and repainting the interior of the high school, represent tasks 
which require professional skill and apparatus, and are neces- 
sary if the school property is to be maintained properly. 

Another article would authorize the installation of a new 
heating unit at the Center School to provide not only adequate 
heat in all classrooms but to eliminate the gas hazard now 
present. 

Those who are reluctant to spend more money on "old 
builrMngs" should consider that the replacement value of each 
of the three village schools would be approximately $100,000, 
and that the high school could not be duplicated for $400,000. 
Not only will all these buildings be used for many years to 
come, but after they are abandoned as schools thej^ may be- 
come neighborhood centers, so good community business prac- 
tice would indicate that they should be maintained at the high- 
est state of efficiency. 

ADMINISTRATION 

Monthly Book Inspection 

Each high school student is loaned books having a total 
value of about ten dollars, and in an effort to minimize the 
number of lost and damaged texts, a regular "Book Inspec- 
tion" is held the last Thursday of each month. Students are 
expected to pay for missing books so that they may be replaced 
immed^'ately. 



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Fire Drills 

These are held regularly and all buildings can be evacuated 
very quickly. High school students have left the building in 
56 seconds from the time of the sounding of the alarm. 

1950 School Budget 

Several faculty meetings during the fall of 1949 were de- 
voted to general discussions of textbook, personnel and sup- 
ply needs for 1950, and special committees headed by Prin- 
cipals Julia McCarthy, Carrie Wells and Dardana Berry, and 
Assistant High School Principal William O'Connell investi- 
gated these matters at the various grade levels. On the basis 
of these studies, the Budget was prepared by the Superintend- 
ent for presentation to the School Committee, Finance Commit- 
tee, and voters, and it is believed to incorporate every fore- 
seeable and justifiable expense to be incurred during 1950. 

Miscellaneous 

During the summer of 1949 a card system inventory of non- 
expendable supplies was set up, the office files, drawers and 
closets were cleared of old bills and other obsolete records, 
and the important school registers and other valuable docu- 
ments were filed in the large safe. The library record system 
has been improved by Mr. Hopkinson, who has served as 
school librarian, and the ordering, storage and distribution of 
all janitorial supplies has been coordinated under high school 
custodian Louis Leveroni. School secretary Joyce Woodhead 
and Instructor Jacqueline Jeyes, aided by girls from the Com- 
mercial Department, supervised the reorganization, expansion 
and moving of the records of former students which now 
occupy five four-drawer filing cabinets. 

AUDIO- VISUAL AIDS TO TEACHING 

The school department's limited audio-visual aid equip- 
ment, especially the single sound moving picture projector, has 
been used to capacity with especially beneficial results in the 
teaching of science and the social studies. An experiment has 
been tried by which students who have a certain period free 
are allowed to pre-view educational moving pictures with in- 
structor Carl Bowman, and this has been a worthwhile method 



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of reaching' students who would not otherwise see a picture 
or those who would gain by repetition. ]\Ir. Ralph Stetson has 
charge of the audio-visual aid equipment and his experience 
as a professional projectionist has been invaluable in the case 
of repairs, and the constiiiction of auxiliaiy film handling 
ecuipment. There is need for a lighter sound movie projector 
which can be handled easily by the women teachers and can 
be assigned to tlie elementary schools, for many more film 
strips, and for a f Im strip projector in each school, as well as 
for playback equipment, which will handle all types of educa- 
tional records. After careful investigation by Music Director 
John Priske and other faculty members of the many tape and 
wire recorder devices on the market, a Crestwood tape re- 
corder was purchased out of funds raised by concerts, and this 
is being used effectively for music, speech correction, foreign 
language teaching, and transcriptions from radio programs. 

Many valuable field trips were arranged during the yea'r 
and they involved nearly all the students in the system at 
different times. Especially important were the visits to the 
General Motors plant at Framingham, the Sears museums at 
Harvard, Behr-Manning Abrasives in Cambridge, and to the 
historical features of Concord, Lexington, Salem, and Boston, 

The expense of these trips is covered by contributions from 
the youngsters involved, although as a highly important edu- 
cational activity the cost could be charged to school depart- 
ment funds. 

GUIDANCE 

The change from the elementary school environment to the 
high school situation is a difficult one for youngsters, and many 
seventh grade students understandably misinterpret at first 
the part they are expected to play in a secondary school. Dif- 
ferent teachers, changing classes, a succession of extra-cur- 
ricular activities, imitation of older students, normal develop- 
ment of gi'oup loyalty, desire for recognition and security, 
and the tide of teen-age problems keep many younger pupils 
continually off balance, and involved in disciplinary troubles. 
In an effort to help the seventh graders, the Orientation Course 
which was established last year has been improved, and is 



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being built around a new textbook ''Living Your Life." Topics 
covered include Studying, School Life, Leadership, Etiquette, 
Personality Development, Habits, Citizenship, Vocations, 
Llandling Money, and Safety. 

Arrangements have been made v^ith Boston University for 
the institution's Testing Service to administer complete test 
batteries to the high school's eighth, and eleventh grade 
classes next May. Results, based on capabilities, aptitudes, 
and achievement, will be used to guide the younger students 
in their choice of high school studies for the next four years, 
and to help the older ones in preparation for vocation and 
college. 

Students are encouraged to fill out special "Personality Ques- 
tionnaires" from time to time, and since these are really the 
basis for an autobiographical picture of the pupil, they will be 
used to supplement the more impersonal school records. 

DRIVER TRAINING 

Since few parents have the time, patience., or "know-how" 
to teach good driving, and teaching one's own children is al- 
ways difficult, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, State Depart- 
ment of Education, and a host of insurance, safety, and edu- 
cational agencies are cooperating to establish Driver Training 
as an integral part of modern high school education. Such a 
course involves an experienced teacher, who has been properly 
trained in driving technique under the auspices of the Regis- 
try, approximately twenty-five hours of class instruction, a 
minimum of eight hours of behind-the-wheel training in a 
dual control car, standardized tests, and when available, the 
use of psychophysical devices to test reactions to emergencies 
and physical strain. 

Statistics have indicated that untrained drivers have five 
times as many accidents as those who have passed high school 
driving courses, and that the untrained are guilty of six to 
seven times as many traffic violations as the others. 

Industrial arts instructor Ralph Stetson has been designated 
as the Driver Training Teacher at Acton High School, and he 
is now taking the approved Registry-sponsored instructors 



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course at Northeastern University. Non-operational instruc- 
tion during the winter will prepare his first group of twenty- 
five students for behind-the-wheel training in a dual control 
car to be supplied by Laflfin's Garage the first of April. 

BOAT BUILDING 

The News Agency of the Engineering and Boat Manufac- 
turing Association recognized Acton High School in a summer 
news release which was worded as follows: "Acton High 
School, Acton, Massachusetts, now includes boat building in its 
Industrial Arts curriculum. Among the craft recently con- 
structed by students were several prams and a sailing dinghy." 

Instructor Stetson, a firm believer in the policy of having 
youngsters construct useful articles instead of doing class 
exercise projects, has inspired his charges to turn out a variety 
of home furnishing items as well as sports equipment, and 
metal products. 

COMMUNITY SERVICE 

Acton school children enthusiastically supported a ''Bundle 
Day" collection of clothing for relief of children abroad, and 
in December eighteen large bags of wearing apparel were sent 
to the New York headquarters of Save the Children. In the 
early fall, contributions were made for the benefit of the Emer- 
son Hospital ''Harvest Day," and a record breaking "Magazine 
Drive" just before Thanksgiving netted $350 for the support 
of school athletic activities. Spring and fall paper drives were 
conducted by the Class of 1950, and the Student Council under 
the direction of Faculty Advisor Ruth Proctor renovated one 
of the girls' lavatories at the high school. 

During American Education week in November, special 
teas were held at all schools under the auspices of the Parent- 
Teachers Association, with students serving as guides and 
waitresses. 

Junior Red Cross activities at the High School, under the 
direction of IVliss Marion Towne and Chairman elean Hollis in- 
cluded the following: over 13,000 surgical dressings for Emer- 
son Hospital, 50 nutcups and favors for Washington's Birth- 



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day celebration at Bedford Veterans Hospital, posters request- 
ing house plants for Bedford Veterans Hospital. Children in 
the elementary schools collected house plants and made 200 
gift cards for attachment to Pwcd. Cross gifts to patients. The 
enrollment drive netted $43.73 from 546 members. 

Faculty and school committee members had an informal get- 
together at a dinner meeting early in October which con- 
tributed materially to the closer cooperation of those directly 
concerned with the operation of the local schools. 

IMPORTANT EQUIPMENT PURCHASED DURING 1949 

Completion of fluorescent lighting project in Center ana 
South Schools, and in all but two rooms of the West School. 
New electric sewing machine from cafeteria profits 
New Standard spirit duplicator from "Torch" profits 
Additional fence at Center School 
Seeability meter for testing lighting conditions. 
Film splicer 

Crestwood tape recorder from concert profits 
Mixing machine from cafeteria profits 

SURPLUS GOVERNMENT PROPERTY 

Three truckloads of Army surplus material, released by the 
Surplus Property Agency of the State Department of Educa- 
tion were secured at Fort Devens, during September, and they 
represented a value of more than a thousand dollars. Im- 
portant articles acquired in this way included a small gasoline 
engine for the science laboratory, a motor generator to sup- 
plement the welding outfit obtained last year, and a number of 
parachutes, the silk of which is being transformed into blouses, 
scarves and other things by the girls of the Home Economics 
department under the direction of Instructor Mary Emerson. 

Other items which were secured for the Home Economics 
laboratory and cafeteria Vv^ere bowls, dishes, cups, and as- 
sorted kitchen utensils, including a cleaver and meat chopper. 

Three used and broken costumers were transformed under 
the guidance of Industrial Arts teacher Ralph Stetson into a 
junior-sized clothes rack for the first grade youngsters in Mrs. 
MacLean's i*oom at the Center Church. In addition to the gas 



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engine, Science Instructor Carl Bowman had his laboratory 
equipment increased by several hundred small bottles, two 
astro-compasses, an antenna set, telephone equipment, two air 
pumps, several atomizers, a hand generator, and an assort- 
ment of chemicals. A supply of artificial stone, wax, and plas- 
ter of Paris was acquired for the Art students. 

An electrically refrigerated drinking fountain is being re- 
paired by the Industrial Arts students, and the stock room of 
this department gained a quantity of wire, tape, cable, loom, 
composition board, tubing, hose, and a rope splicing outfit. 
Four teachers desks will be useful as increasing enrollment 
re:iuires the setting up of more class rooms, and the large 
supply of tags, antiseptic solution, bowl cleaner, insect re- 
pellant, oil and twine will be used to advantage by all schools. 

The School Department had to pay warehousing and trans- 
portation charges, but the total cost — eighty dollars — was less 
than the price of two of the teachers desks involved in the 
transaction. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION 

Mrs. Margaret Moody conducted the latest type hearing and 
vision tests under the supervision of the State Department of 
Public Health, during October. 558 children were tested and 
of these 130 had some trouble with their eyes and 58 had hear- 
ing defects. The percentage of deviation from the normal in 
Acton agreed almost exactly with state-wide results. The ac- 
curacy of the special testing equipment which was borrowed 
from the State was offset to some extent by the limited space 
available for the tests, and in 1950 arrangements will be made 
to transport all youngsters to the high school where the art 
room is well adapted to testing requirements. 

Miss Irene Costello and Mr. Edward Ferry who are in charge 
of the local school Physical Education program have placed an 
increased emphasis on safety, health, posture, good grooming, 
and first aid, with the entire program pointed toward an ex- 
hibition or field day scheduled for late spring. 

ATHLETICS 

A more detailed discussion of this subject will be made in a 
special report by Assistant Principal and Faculty Manager 



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William O'Connell, who has devoted much time and effort to 
this important field of school activity. Although the school's 
efforts to finance athletics by means of Magazine and Christ- 
mas Card drives, dances, etc., have been successful this year, 
this method of financing is not an efficient way of supporting a 
recognized and important phase of modern education, and 
costs should be considered as a regular school expense. Con- 
trary to popular belief, school athletic programs are not likely 
to be self supporting, and many towns have special subsidies 
to take care of the losses incurred by inter-scholastic sports 
participation. Most people are surprised to learn that a typi- 
cal home basketball game involves a minimum overhead of at 
least S30, covering charges for officials, Federal tax, janitor, 
and tickets. 

Mr. O'Connell has arranged a complete schedule for the 
younger boy players he has been coaching for participation 
in the Middlesex Junior High Basketball League, and Joan 
Cooke, star and Captain of the 1949 team, has volunteered to 
coach the junior high girls so that they may play in inter- 
scholastic games. Acton High athletes have been handicapped 
in the past by their comparatively few years of playing ex- 
perience, and it is hoped that the development of these "feeder" 
teams will help to correct the situation. 

The School Committee, Finance Committee, School Survey 
Committee, Board of Selectmen, and other town officials have 
worked together to back up those who are in the operational 
phase of educating Acton's youngsters, and the School De- 
partment has received splendid cooperation from the Center 
and West Acton Women's Clubs, the American Legion and 
Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Parent Teachers Association, 
Maynard Rotary Club and other public service organizations. 

If the 1950 School Budget is approved by the voters, the 
School Department v/ill be assured of adequate financial sup- 
port for the plans developed at numerous school committee 
and faculty meetinf>3, and there will be no reason why we 
cannot continue to give Acton children the training, which 
will fit them for life in the second half of the Twentieth Cen- 
tury. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WHITMAN PEARSON, 
Superintendent of Schools. 



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REPORT OF ACTON HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC 
ASSOCIATION 



The Acton Athletic Association started the school year 
with a balance of $31.83 and has increased this sum to almost 
$500. This has been accomplished by the annual dance, the 
Christmas Card sales and the Magazine Drive. The Magazine 
Drive this year had the greatest gross sales in the school's 
history totaling more than $1050. Of the amount the Asso- 
ciation received $350. 

The expenses this year were very heavy as we bought sweat 
suits for the boys' basketball team and new uniforms for the 
girls' basketball team. These two items were needed badly, the 
sweat suits for reasons of health and the girls' uniforms since 
they have been playing the past years in gym clothes. We also 
plan to purchase baseball uniforms for the Varsity, as the 
present suits are five years old. The old suits will be turned 
over to the Junior High school squad. The cleaning and stor- 
ing bill for uniforms has been close to $75.00 per year. 

Acton is still a member of the nine team Wachusett League, 
and as in the past has scheduled some outside team to make 
up the schedule. Mr. Edward Ferry is the coach of varsity 
basketball succeeding Edward Quagliozzi. At the present Mr. 
Ferry is concentrating on freshmen and sophomores to build 
a strong team in the next few years. Miss Irene Costello has 
succeeded Miss Marjorie Curry as the coach of all girls' sports 
and she has been very successful in the field. We have decided 
to raise field hockey to a major sport as there was a great deal 
of interest this past year. We are now attempting to schedule 
about eight games for the 1950 season. 

We have organized a Junior High School team for girls this 
year and hope to find the stars of the future in the group. 
Intra murals will be held weekly again this year, and with 
so m.any teams in operation, it is our hope that every girl and 
boy v/ho wishes to play basketball will have the opportunity to 
show their skill. 

In closing, I would like at this time to thank Mr. Pearson, 
the faculty, School Committee and the people of the town of 



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Acton who ?iave given me so much support and cooperation. 
They did much to make our athletic program the success that 
it is. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WILLIAM O'CONNELL, 

Faculty Manager. 



REPORT OF THE ART SUPERVISOR 



I do not feel that I have been with the Sch6ol Department long 
enough to determine what our achievements have been to 
date. We are going ahead and working in many different 
media, doing much experimenting, and particularly in our Art 
Appreciation classes we are opening up new fields of thought 
and endeavour. In studying the theater, for instance, we have 
been building three-dimensional models which have been giving 
the pupils a real opportunity to study the problems involved 
in Stage Design. 

Our objectives were: 

1. Creating an interest in, and awareness of, the arts that 
exist in the pupils' surroundings 

2. Offering opportunities for self-expression 

3. Aiding in the development of adjusted, well-integrated 
personalities 

4. Relation of art work to other work in other subjects 

5. To guide the development of simple standards of eval- 
uation 

6. To foster wholesome attitudes toward the field of art 

7. To emphasize the value of art as applied to daily life 

We are attempting to destroy the *lvory Tower" idea of 
art and to reveal the fact that there is not a single field of 
human endeavor in which art does not play its part. 

Respectfully submitted, 

GREGORY F. BOWES. 



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REPORT OF THE MUSIC SUPERVISOR 



The music program in the schools of Acton is a part-time 
supervisory undertaking, the work being so arranged as to be 
accomplishable in three days of the week. 

One day is devoted to the supervision of the music taught in 
the three grade schools. Every child in the elementary schools 
has a gradewise opportunity to learn the fundamentals of 
music, and to apply same in vocal and instrumental ex- 
periences, both in the classroom and at public demonstrations. 

In the Junior High School (in our case, grades seven and 
eight) there is a decided sag in the curve of music interest and 
development, which is an inevitable consequence of an univer- 
sal time lack, in the process of adjustment to departmentalized 
class routine. However, as much as is possible is done to as- 
gure some gain in the one period session per week. 

In the High School, glee clubs, choruses and the orchestra 
enable the students to appear in two concerts annually, and to 
assist in other cultural programs during the year. 

A course in Music Appreciation is offered to all students who 
are interested, and can qualify. This course is sufficiently com- 
prehensive to prepare the students for college and other edu- 
cational as well as social experiences and demands. This 
course presents the art of music in a much more favorable 
Ijight than is possible in technique classes. 

A magnetic tape recorder has been purchased with funds 
accumulated by the Music Department, and this is an educa- 
tional aid that is absolutely necessary in teaching music. When 
this instrument is not in use by the Music Department, it is 
available for the conditional use of the language and English 
departments. 

Respectfully submitted, 

• JOHN M. PRISKE. 



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REPORT OF SCHOOL PHYSICIAN 



Mr. Whitman Pearson 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Mr, Pearson: 

I herewith submit my annual report as school physician. 

The yearly physical examinations of all school children were 
completed in October, Special examinations were done earlier 
for those taking part in competitive sports. 

In conjunction with the Board of Health, Schick Tests and 
inoculations for diphtheria were held in May for the lower 
grades and preschool children of all three precincts. 

In the past there has been no definite provision for coverage 
of accidents at the various schools, I feel that parents desire to 
have their family physician called whenever possible and this 
should be the first thought of the teacher seeking medical aid. 
Obviously no one can guarantee his services in advance at a 
moment's notice. The school physician in so far as he is able 
will continue to provide care of accidents at all schools when 
requested. 

Respectfully submitted^ 

PAUL P. GATES, M, D, 



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REPORT OF THE SCHOOL NURSE 



Mr. Whitman Pearson 
Superintendent of Schools 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Dear Sir : 

Report for the school year ending December 31, 1949. 

The past year has been very free of communicable diseases. 
Virus infections and flu are always with us, together with the 
ever present common colds. 

The pre-school clinic was held early in May in the three 
grade schools, allowing the parents a chance to check with the 
school physician and an opportunity to have the defects found 
corrected where possible before the first graders entered 
school. 

The Diphtheria Clinic followed in May. Many pre-school 
children were given the Schick Test, together with the school 
pupils. The children were then given the three immunizing 
shots or the booster shot, whichever was indicated by the test. 
Diphtheria is still with us and the need of protection is ever 
present. 

The annual school physicals were completed in November,, 
by Dr. Gates with the nurse present. Notices of conditions 
needing attention were sent to parents. Follow-up visits to 
homes were made in an effort to convince parents of the bene- 
fits of these corrections. 

May I take this opportunity to thank the teachers and the 
Superintendent for their hearty cooperation. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LILLIAN F. TAYLOR, R, N, 



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GRADUATION, JUNE 10, 1949 



Acton Center Woman's Club Scholarship of $50.00 
Frederick Thomas Kiley 

Acton High School Scholarship of $100.00 
Richard Steams Flint 

National Honor Society Pins 
The top 15 per cent of the graduating class 

Virginia May Byers 
Marie Joann Dagenais 
Richard Stearns Flint 
Harriet Delia Frizzle 
Robert Edward Frost 
Frederick Thomas Kiley 
Ronald Vernon Smith 
Alfa Joy Goldthwaite 

Washington and Franklin Medal 

Awarded by the Massachusetts Society of the Sons of the 
American Revolution for excellence in the study of United 
States History 

Frederick Thomas Kiley 

Good Citizenship Certificate 

Awarded by the National Society of the Daughters of the 
American Revolution to a Good Citizen of Acton High 
School for the current year, who has demonstrated 
through her entire course qualities of dependability, 
leadership, service and patriotism to an outstanding de- 
gree 

Shirley Marion Strong 

Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award Medal 

For achieving the highest scholastic record in science 
course during high school 

Frederick Thomas Kiley 



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Renssalaer Medal for excellence in Science and Mathematics 
Ronald Vernon Smith, Richard Stearns Flint 

Reader^s Digest Award 

A year's subscription to the Reader's Digest presented in 
recognition of past accomplishment and in anticipation of 
unusual achievement to come. 

Alfa Joy Goldthwaite 



GRADUATES, 1949 



Patricia Marie Barry 
Virginia May Byers 
Donald Robert Chisholm 
Marilyn Prisciila Clark 
Cecelia Joan Cooke 
Marie Joann Dagenais 
Carolyn Alma Davis 
Nancy Ann Driscoll 
Robert Irving Durand 
Louis Francis Flerra 
Richard Stearns Flint 
Harriet Delia Frizzle 
Robert Edward Frost 
James Walter Gates 
Alfa Joy Goldthwaite 



Katherine Marjorie Graham 
Kenneth Alan Hampson 
Lillian Elaine Hollowell 
Frederick Thomas Kiley 
Malcolm Stuart MacGregor 
William Arthur McKelvie 
Marjorie Ethel Merriam 
Marilyn Elizabeth Nealey 
Norma Anne Pendergast 
Stephen Gary Peterson 
Robert Stanley Rhodes 
Ruth Phyllis Smith 
Ronald Vernon Smith 
Janet Steele 
Shirley Marion Strong 



INDEX 

First Section 

Assessors 66 

Board of Health 136 

Cemetery Commissioners 127 

Dog Officer 126 

Elizabeth White Fund 132 

Fence Viev/ers, Report of 118 

Finance Committee 2 

Fire Department 113 

Fire House Committee 112 

Forest Warden 116 

Inspector of Animals 139 

Irspector of Slaughtering 133 

Librarian's Report 143 

Middlesex County Extension Service 119 

Moth Superintendent 134 

Police Department 140 

Playground Site Committee 128 

Proposed Earth Removal By-Law 130 

School Survey Committee 122 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 132 

Selectmen's Report 27 

Superintendent of Streets 117 

Tax Collector 68 

Town Accountant , 83 

Balance Sheet Dacember 31. 1949 108 

Town Clerk's Report 46 

Births 47 

Marriages ; 52 

Deaths 55 

Non-Resident Burials 56 

Dog Licenses 58 

Jury List (Revised) 1949 65 

Town Forest Committee 121 

Town Meeting (Abstract) March 14,1949 29 

Town Nurse 135 

Town Officers 21 

Appointments by Selectmen 23 

Treasurer's Report 73 

Tree Warden 133 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 118 

Veterans Services 129 

Welfare Department 114 

Warrant, Monday, March 6, 1949 ...,..,..,.. 5 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 145 



Second Section 

Schools : 

Calendar — 1950-1951 3 

Budgets for 1950 6 

Financial Report 5 

Graduation Awards 27 

Graduates— Class of 1949 28 

High School Athletic Association 22 

Organization 2 

Report of Supervisors 23 

School Committee 4 

School Nurse 26 

School Physician 25 

Statistics 7 

Superintendent , 8 



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19S0 ANNUAL REPORTS 

of the Several Official Boards 
For the Year Ending December Thirty-First 

Town of Acton, Massachusetts 



19S0 ANNUAL REPORTS 

of the Several Official Boards 
For the Year Ending December Thirty-First 




Town of Acton, Massachusetts 

Concord Press, West Concord, Mass. 



2 
REPORT OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE 

In view of the heavy increases in federal and state taxes 
and the rising cost of living, it is not expected that the voters 
will be anxious to further reduce their spendable income by 
appropriating more than is essential for operating the various 
Town activities. 

Your Finance Committee has been of similar mind and 
has attempted to weigh justifiable wage adjustments, the 
requirements for regular and special maintenance, the need 
for new equipment, and the necessity for new capital expendi- 
tures in the light of fairness to Town employees and the tax- 
payers. The Committee has also been mindful of the neces- 
sity of providing for various situations which, because of 
shortages a year from now, may more prudently be under- 
taken at the present time. 

Because of the consideration which has been accorded 
budgetary requests for 1951, the Finance Committee considers 
that there is no justification for spending in excess of the 
appropriations voted at the Town meeting except in case of 
emergency. Those responsible for spending Town funds are 
again reminded that liabilities incurred in excess of appro- 
priations and without Finance Committee approval are illegal, 
and any such situations will be referred to the voters for pro- 
per action. 

The cost of Education, — including $1800, which was 
disapproved as a transfer from Surplus Revenue in 1950, and 
approximately $1,500.00 for Vocational Tuition, -— will in- 
crease in 1951 by approximately |19,000. The expense of the 
Police will increase by |2550 if an additional officer is voted. 
Any appropriation for Civil Defense will represent an in- 
crease over 1950. 

It is expected that the Surplus Revenue account will be 
nearly §40,000 less at the beginning of 1951 than in 1950. 
This drop is largely accounted for by the $15,000 voted from 
Surplus Revenue for the new fire station and a reduction of 
about $12,000 in the receipts which were received from the 
State in 1950. The voters should remember that for the next 



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few years at least, the Town can expect to receive less funds 
from the State than formerly. 

In view of the increasing burden of taxes and cost of 
living affecting all residents of Acton, as well as the reduc- 
tion of receipts from the State, it is hoped that the voters will 
not exceed the appropriations which have been recommended. 

The Finance Committee desires to thank the several 
Boards and Committees for their cooperation during the oast 
year. 



W. STUAKT ALLEN 
PRENTICE M. BLOOD 
ROBERT F. CHARLES 
HERBERT Vi^. MERRIAM 
PORTER G. JENKS, Chairman 
JOHN M. WHITTIER, Clerk 



TOWN WARRANT 

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS 
Middlesex, ss. 

To either of the Constables of the Town of Acton, in said 
County, Greetings : 

In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you 
are hereby directed to notify the legal voters of said Town 
of Acton, qualified to vote at town meetings for the trans- 
action of town affairs, to meet in their respective precincts, 
to wit: 

Precinct 1 — Town Hall, Acton Center 

Precinct 2 — Congregational Church, South Acton 

Precinct 3 — Woman's Club House, West Acton 

at 12 o'clock noon, Monday, the fifth day of March, 1951, by 
posting a copy of this warrant, by you attested, at each of 
the places as directed by vote of the town, seven days at 
least before the fifth day of March. 

To bring in their votes on one ballot for the following 
town officers : Moderator, town clerk, town treasurer, collector 
of taxes, one selectman for three years; one assessor for 
three years; one member of the board of public welfare for 
three years; one member of the board of public welfare for 
one year (to fill vacancy) ; four constables for one year; one 
cemetery commissioner for three years; two members of 
the school committee for three years ; one member of the school 
committee for one year (to fill vacancy) ; one member of 
the board of health for three years; one trustee Memorial 
Library for three years ; and a tree warden. 

And also to vote on the following question: 

Shall Acton accept the provisions of section sixteen to 
sixteen I, inclusive, of chapter seventy-one of the General 
Laws, providing for the establishment of a regional school 
district, together with the towns of Bolton, and or Boxboro, 
and/or Harvard, and/or Lancaster, and/or Stow, and the con- 



struction, maintenance and operation of a regional school by 
the said district in accordance with the pro- 
visions of a proposed agreement with the | YES | \ 



selectmen ? I NO 



The polls will be open at 12 o'clock noon, and close at 8 
o'clock P.M. 

You are further requested in the name of the Common- 
wealth to notify the legal voters of said town of Acton as 
aforesaid, to meet at the TOWN HALL in said Acton, on Mon- 
day, March 12, 1951, at 7:30 o'clock P.M. 

Then and there to act on the following articles : 

Article 1. To choose all necessary town officers and com- 
mittees and fix the salary and compensation of all elective 
officers of the town. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to accept the 
several reports of the town officers and boards or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Article 3. To hear and act upon the reports of any com- 
mittees chosen at any previous meeting that have not already 
reported. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of $2,500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends the transfer of 
$2500.00 from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery Account, 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree Department for the 
replacement of shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended by the Finance Committee that the 
sum of $250.00 he raised and appropriated for this purpose. 

Article 6. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate a sum of money to provide for the maintenance of the 



public library and reading room, established by the Citizens 
Library Association of West Acton, October 2, 1884, or act 
anything thereon. (Inserted in warrant on petition bearing 
forty-two . (42) signatures.) 

The Finance Committee disapproves the appropyiation of 
any yyioney for the operation of libraries beyond the total re- 
commended under Article 16. 

Article 7. To see if the town will approve the proposed 
action of the Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library to open 
the Acton Memorial Library to the public three afternoons 
and evenings per week, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee has been informed by the Library 
Trustees that the cost of operating the Acton Memorial Li- 
brary for an additional afternoon and evening each week will 
be offset by the savings resulting from the closing of the two 
branches. . 

Article 8. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum of $850.00 for 
the purchase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of 
Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old snow plows, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$850.00 be appropriated from Surplus Reverme for the pur^ 
pose indicated. This expenditure is expected to complete the 
present renewal program. 

Article 9. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $200.00 for the purchase of snow fence, or 
act anything thereon. 

This sum of $200.00, which it is recommended be raised 
and appropriated, is understood to com,plete the present pro- 
gram of snow fence addition. 

Article 10. To see if the town will vote to raise and appro- 
priate the sum of $3,750.00 for new construction of Main 
Street from the Carlisle line to the State Road in North Acton ; 
said money to be used in conjunction with $3,750.00 to be 



allotted by the County and $7,500.00^ be allotted by the 
State; oi" act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the sum of ^S75<). 00 be raised imd 
appropriated for the proposed coTistruetion, 

ArtiGle 11. To see if the town will vote to ra-ise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 ; said sum to be used in con- 
junction with $2,000.00 to be allotted by the County for re- 
pairs to highway culverts, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that $2,000 be appropriated from Sur- 
plus Revenue for repairs to highway culverts. 

Article 12. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the amount of the State's 
and County's allotments for highways under Chapters 81 
and 90; provided that the reimbursement be credited back 
to the Surplus Revenue Account, or act anything thereon. 

This article represents a bookkeeping transaction in which 
the amount of $27,900. to be appropriated from Surplus Reve- 
nue will be repaid to the town, and favorable action is recom- 
mended. 

Article 13. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 for the payment of voca- 
tional tuition and transportation according to the provisions 
of Chapter 74 of the General Laws, or take any action thereon. 

Funds for this purpose have usually been included in the 
School Budget. Approximately $2600.00 of the total would 
be expended for students of high school age. The remainder 
is to cover vocational education of adults. 

Article 14. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the conduct of physical 
education and athletics by the School Department, according- 
to the provisions of Chapter 658 of the Acts of 1950, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee disapproves of this Article and 
believes it represents the beginning of recurring requests for 
continually larger approprixttions. 



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Article 15. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $100.00 to continue the special School 
Lunch account, according to the provisions of Chapter 417 
of the Acts of 1950, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee disapproves of the proposed con- 
tribution of this amount for the School Lunch necount. 

Article 16. To see what sum of money the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate to defray the necessary ex- 
penses of the several departments of the town and determine 
how the same shall be raised. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the following 
sums of money he raised and appropriated for the severed pur- 
poses hereinafter designated and thai the same be expended 
only for the purposes under the direction of the respective 
hoards, committees, or officers of the toum as follows : 





Recommended Expended 


Iter 


n 




1950 




General Government 4.% of Total. 






1 


Moderator 


$25.00 


$35.00 


2 


Finance Committee 


100.00 


34.10 


3 


Selectmen Salaries and Wages 


2610.00 


2450.54 


4 


Expenses 


200.00 


113.66 


5 


Town Accountant Salary and Wages 


1000.00 


900.00 


6 


Expenses 


50.00 


38.90 


7 


Treasurer Salary and Wages 


1000.00 


900.00 


8 


Expenses 


300.00 


245.75 


9 


Collector Salary and Wages 


1800.00 


1800.00 


10 


Expenses 


300.00 


335.57 


11 


Assessors Salaries and Wages 


2350.00 


2207.00 


12 


Expenses 


500.00 


200.88 


13 


Town Clerk Salary and Fees 


550.00 


540.00 


14 


Expenses 


200.00 


170.20 


15 


Elections & Registrations Sal. & Wages 825.00 


1080.50 


16 


Expenses 


250.00 


490.09 



17 Total General Government $12,060.00 $11,542.19 



Buildings and Grounds 2.4% of Total 

18 Buildings & Grounds Sal. & Wages $2950.00 |2116.29 

19 Expenses 4275.00 3819.56 



20 


Total Buildings and Grounds 


17,225.00 


$5,935.85 




Protection of Persons and Property 9.5 'v of Total 


21 


Police Salaries and Wages 


$7,010.00 


$6,394.20 


22 


Expenses, inc. cruiser & uniforms 


2,200.00 


1,743.64 


23 


Fire Dept. Salaries and Wages 


3,005.00 


3,006.00 


24 


Expenses 


2,455.00 


2,735.06 


25 


Fire Alarm System Labor 


700.00 


325.76 


26 


Expenses 


200.00 


64.45 


27 


Fire Hydrant Rental 


4,600.00 


4,276.00 


28 


Forest Fire 


1,750.00 


2,246.55 


29 


Sealer of Wgts. & Measures Sal. & Wgs. 225.00 


225.00 


30 


Expenses 


50.00 


50.00 


31 


Moth Dept. Salary and Wages 


1,500.00 


1,493.92 


32 


Expenses 


1,200.00 


1,199.41 


33 


Tree Warden Salary and Wages 


1,750.00 


1,879.85 


34 


Expenses 


750.00 


888.48 


35 


Wire Inspector Salary and Travel 


550.00 


400.00 


36 


Expenses 


50.00 


28.60 


37 


Dog Officer 


450.00 


450.00 



38 Total Protection $28,445.00 $27,406.92 
Health and Sanitation 3.1% of Total. 

39 Board of Health Salary and Wages 

40 Expenses 

41 Garbage Collection 

42 Inspection of Animals 

43 Expenses 

44 Total Health and Sanitation $9,335.00 $9,839.79 
Highways 10.6% of Total 

45 Village Highways $3,000.00 $2,999.43 

46 Chapter 81 Highways 8,550.00 24223.42 



$4,464.00 


$5,542.19 


2,696.00 


2,172.60 


2,000.00 


1,975.00 


150.00 


150.00 


25.00 





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49 
50 


Chapter 90 Highways 
Snow Removal 
Street Lighting 
Traffic Signs and Lines 

Total Highways 

Charities 15.4% of Total 

Welfare Dept. and Adm. 

Expenditures 

Old Age Expenditure 

Aid Dep. Children Expenditure 


1,200.00 

12,000.00 

6,250.00 

500.00 


9,051.85 

11,396.87 

5,011.77 


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52 
53 
54 
55 


31,500.00 

1,300.00 

4,500.00 

35,000.00 

5,000.00 


52,683.34 

1,670.78 

4,502.07 

62,895.53 

6,290.29 



56 Total Charities 



$45,800.00 $75,358.67 



Veterans Aid 2.1',; of Total 



57 Veterans Benefits Salary & Wages $150.00 $150.00 



58 


Expenses 


100.00 


165.87 


59 


Expenditure 


5,000.00 


7,207.75 


60 


Veterans' Service Salary & Wages 


1,050.00 


815.40 


61 


Expenses 


50.00 





62 Total Veterans Aid 



$6,350.00 $8,339.02 



Education 40.6^ of Total 



63 Schools Salaries & Wages 



$96,000.00 $81,481.78 



64 


Fuel 


4,000.00 




65 


Books and Supplies 


3,500.00 




66 


Transportation 


8,500.00 




67 


Tuition 






68 


Janitors' Supplies, Power, Repairs 








and Miscellaneous 


7,100.00 




69 


Outlay 


1,000.00 




70 


Library 


100.00 




71 


Health 


350.00 




72 


Expenses 




23,206.07 



73 Total Education 



$120,550.00 $104,687.85 



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Libraries .8% of Total 

74 Libraries Salaries and Wages $1,300.00 $1,090.00 

75 Expenses 1,100.00 1,137.81 

76 Books 300.00 638.69 



\77 Total Libraries $2,700.00 $2,866.5^/ 

Recreation .89r of Total 



78 


Playgrounds 
Unclassified 2.1',;, 


of Total 


$2,500.00 


$2,357.37 


79 


Miscellaneous Expenses 


$1,500.00 


$1,137.27 


80 


Town Reports 




1,000.00 


750.08 


81 


Workmen's Comp( 


^nsation 


1,300.00 


1,249.21 


82 


Surety Bonds 




600.00 


381.25 


83 


Pension Fund 




1,410.00 


1,869.00 


84 


Expense Fund 




145.00 




85 


Memorial Day 




500.00 


427.03 



86 Total Unclassified $6,455.00 $5,813.84 



Cemeteries 2.4',; of Total 



87 Cemeteries Salary and Wages 85,400.00 $4,590.61 

88 Expenses 1,900.00 1,673.92 



89 Total Cemeteries $7,300.00 86,264.53 
Maturing Debt & Interest 5.4% of Total 

90 Maturing Debt $16,000.00 $1,000.00 

91 Interest 255.00 105.00 



92 Total Debt & Interest $16,255.00 $1,105.00 

93 Total Budget $296,475.00 



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Article 17. To see what sum of money the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate to redecorate the interior of the 
Acton Memorial Library, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$375.00 he raised and appropriated for redecorating the 
interior. 

Article 18. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $1,200.00 for 
the purchase of necessary equipment for the Fire Depart- 
ment, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the sum of $1200.00 be appro- 
priated from Surplus Revenue for this purpose. 

Article 19. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $400.00, or 
any other sum, for the purchase of a new cruiser for the Police 
Department and to authorize the Board of Selectmen to trade 
in or sell the old cruiser, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee concurs in the opinion that the 
appropriation from Surplus Revenue of the sum of $400.00 
represents the most economical method of maintaining a 
vehicle for the Police Department. 

Article 20. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the feeding of our shade 
trees, or act anything thereon. 

A similar amount has been appropriated for several years 
and it is recommended that the sum of $500.00 be raised and 
appropriated. 

Article 21. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,950.00 for the salary of another 
patrolman for the Police Department, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$1950.00 be raised and appropriated for an additional patrol- 
man. This is the amount required for the initial nine-month 
period of duty. 



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Article 22. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 or any other sum, for the 
Tree Department for eradication of poison ivy on the high- 
ways, streets, and school grounds, or act anything thereon. 
(Inserted in warrant on petition bearing thirty-two (32) signa- 
tures.) 

The Firvance Committee recommends that the sum of 
$1000.00 be raised and appropriated and expended under the 
direction of the Selectmen. 

Article 23. To see if the town will vote to authorize a 
board or committee to draw up a set of simple Zoning By- 
Laws for the Town of Acton ; to determine the number to be 
on said board or committee, and to determine how the said 
board or committee shall be formed, or act anything thereon. 
(Inserted in warrant on petition bearing fifty-nine (59) signa- 
tures.) 

Article 24. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $1,800.00 for 
the purchase and installation of new compressor and air 
tanks for the Acton Center fire house, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the sum of $1800.00 be appropri- 
ated from Surplus Revenue for this purpose. The present 
equipment is not considered dependable if dismantled and 
reinstalled. 

Article 25. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the cutting of brush, fire 
lanes and other work in the Town Forests, or act anything 
thereon. 

Inasmuch as no money has been spent for the protection 
and improvement of the Town Forests, it is recommended 
that the sum of $250.00 be raised and appropriated for the 
purposes indicated. 

Article 26. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $500.00 for the control work of Dutch 
Elm Disease in accordance with Chapter 761 of the Acts of 
1949, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee does not favor this article and 



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believes that the money presently expended for feeding trees, 
combined with present spraying schedules, is adequate. 

Article 27. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of S800.00 or any other sum for the 
purpose of oiling roads and avenues in Mt. Hope Cemetery, or 
act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the sum of §800.00 be raised and 
appropriated for continuation of the program designed, to 
properly protect the roads in Mt. Hope. 

Article 28. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 or any other sum, for the 
extension of the Fire Alarm System from Acton Center alon:x 
Concord Road and Great Road to the Acton-Concord line, then 
back along Great Road (Route 2) to Davis Road, then to 
Brook Street, along Brook Street to Main Street and along 
Main Street to Acton Center with four or more fire alarm 
b ••■ .'S, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that 82500.00 be raised and appropri- 
ated for the further extension of the System. 

Article 29. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $300.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account for 
the purchase of a power mower for the playgrounds, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends the appropriation 
of 8300.00 for a power mower. 

Article 30. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $350.00 for folding chairs for the 
lower hall of the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

Favorable action on this article is recommended. 

Article 31. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $1,000 for completing the refinishing 
and repainting of the High Scliool interior, or act anything 
thereon. 



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It is recommended that $1000.00 he transferred from Sur- 
plus Revenue for refmishing and repainting. 

Article 32. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 (additional funds) for the 
installation of a new state approved school type heating unit 
at the Center School, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee believes that the present heating 
equipment is adequate and that the expenditure of §4,000.00 
for a new system is uyinecessary at the present time. 

Article 33. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $120.00 to renew the $10,000.00 fire 
insurance policy on the Acton High School for three years, 
or act anything thereon. 

A policy in this amount is required to cover the outstwnd- 
ing bonded debt and the Finance Committee recommends the 
sum be raised and appropriated. 

Article 34. To see if the town will vote to instruct „ne 
Moderator to appoint a committee of three to investigate and 
recommend the advisability of insuring all or any part of the 
town buildings or equipment and report at the next annual 
or a special town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee believes that this problem should 
be studied immediately in the interest of sound town finance. 

Article 35. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $450.00 for repairs to the fire escape 
on the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that $450.00 be raised and appropri- 
ated for this purpose. 

Article 36. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate a sum of money to cover the water tax assess- 
ment on all town owned buildings and land, or act anything 
thereon. 

Article 37. To see if the town will vote to appropriate 



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from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of $900.00 for the 
purchase of a new portable forest fire pump, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends that S900.00 he 
appropriated from Surplus Revenue for a neiv pump. The 
present pump will he continued in use for stand-hy purposes. 

Article 38. To see if the town wall vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of S2, 100.00 for the painting of the 
exterior of the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that ?2 100.00 be transferred from 
Surplus Revenue for painting the Town Hall. 

Article 39. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $700.00 to pay the cost of effecting 
insurance providing indemnity for or protection to any officer 
or employee of the Town against loss by reason of his liability 
to pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death 
at any time resulting therefrom, or for damage to property, 
caused by operation, within the scope of his official duties or 
employment of motor or other vehicles owned by the Town 
as provided by the provisions of General Laws (Ter. Ed.) 
Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

It is recommended that this sum he raised and appro- 
priated for the purpose indicated. 

Article 40. To see if the towm will vote to rescind the 
action under Article 27 at the annual town meeting held 
March 13, 1950, or act anj^thing thereon, said article having 
read as follows: To see if the town will vote to appropriate 
the sum of $45,000.00 or any other sum, for the construction 
of a new fire house in Acton Center on the present fire house 
location, according to plans submitted by the fire house com- 
mittee, and determine how the same shall be raised, or act 
anything thereon. (Inserted in warrant on petition bearing 
twelve (12) signatures.) 

The Finance Committee recommends that this Article he 
passed over. 



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Article 41. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Cemetery Commissioners to purchase for burial purposes, two 
parcels of land, approximately 42 acres, adjoining and near 
Woodlawn Cemetery in the easterly part of Acton, Mass., as 
described in the ''Description of Parcels" in the report of 
the Cemetery Commissioners in the town report for the year 
1950; and to raise by taxation or appropriate from Surplus 
Revenue, $8,200.00 or any other sum, or act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee considers the acquisition of the 
proposed land necessary for the continued development of 
Woodlawn Cemetery and, recommends that |8200 he appro- 
priated from Sulcus Revenue for the proposed purchase. 

Article 42. To see if the town will appropriate the sum 
of $1,500.00 from the Cemetery Land Fund to be divided as 
follows: $1,000.00 for Woodlawn Cemetery, and $500.00 for 
Mt. Hope Cemetery, for the purpose of clearing, grading and 
laying out new sections for cemetery lots, and to authorize 
said Cemetery Commissioners to do anything necessary, 
proper, or expedient for carrying out the above purposes, or 
act anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee recommends that $1500.00 he 
appropriated from the Ce^netery Land Fund and used as 
indicated. 

Article 43. To see if the town will vote to accept as 
a town way, the laying out by the Board of Selectmen of a 
road in West Acton extending in an easterly and northerly 
direction from Central Street, a distance of approximately 
900 feet by land of Sked, French, Smith, Hitchcock and others, 
a plan of which is filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said way 
to be named Orchard Drive, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended tfmt the road to he known as Orchard 
Drive he accepted as a town way provided it meets the re- 
quirements of the proposed Sections 11 and 12 o/ the Totvn 
By-laws. 

Article 44. To see if the town will vote to raise and ap- 
propriate the sum of $1,000.00 for the purchase and erection 



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of traffic zone speed signs for Main Street from the Maynard 
line to Route 2 ; and from the Concord-Acton line to the Acton- 
Maynard line oil Route 62, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the sum of $1000.00 be raised 
and appj'opriated for the purpose indicMed, These are the 
first ojnd most critical sections. The remainder of the pro- 
gram to he considered for future years is estimated to cost 
about $3000.00. 

Article 45. To see if the town will vote to amend Section 
two (2) of the Town By-laws by adding the following articles, 
or act anything thereon. 

Article 11. Every way that shall be laid out for 
the acceptance of the town as a town way, shall be 
laid out forty feet or more in width, with twenty-four 
feet or more of approved road building materials that 
shall meet the requirements of the Planning Board. 

Article 12. If an existing private way shall be 
laid out for the acceptance of the town as a town 
way, such way shall not be accepted unless and until 
the Planning Board shall have certified in wTiting 
that such way meets the requirements of Article 11. 

The Finance Committee believes it to be to the best inter- 
est of the toum the by-laws be ammended by the above 
Articles 11 and 12. 

Article 46. To see if the town will vote for the Moderator 
to appoint a committee of five to investigate and study the 
provisions of Chapter 662 of the Acts of 1949, the act relative 
to the organization of union health departments, and deter- 
mine the desirability of (Town) Acton, Mass. joining with 
one or more of the following towns: Concord, Carlisle, May- 
nard, Littleton, Westford, Stow, Bedford, Sudbury, Lexington 
or others, to form a union health department. This committee 
to report its findings to the next town meeting. 

No action by the Finance Committee is considered neces- 
sary. 

Article 47. To see if the town will vote to raise and 



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appropriate the sum of $8,000.00 or any other sum for the 
Civil Defense Agency of the Town of Acton, or act anything 
thereon. 

The Finance Committee will make oral recommendations 
at the time of the meeting. 

Article 48. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 or any other sum, to be 
expended under the direction of the Special School Building 
Committee for employing a competent person or persons to 
make a survey to determine probable enrollment in grades 
9 to 12 in 1959 to 1964, or act anything thereon. 

It is recommended that the requested sum be appropri- 
ated so that a more complete agreement may he reached on 
school population trends. It is expected that one-half of this 
sum will be returned to the Town by State participation in 
the proposed survey. 

Article 49. To see if the town will vote under authority 
of Chapter 41, Section 81A of the General Laws, to establish 
a planning Board to consist of not less than five members and 
not more than nine ; the terms of office to be so arranged that 
the term of at least one member will expire each year, and 
their successors shall be elected for terms of five years each, 
or act anything thereon. 

Recommendations by the Finance Committee are not coit- 
sidered necessary under this article. 

Article 50. To see if the town will vote to authorize the 
Board of Selectmen to act as the Planning Board under Chap- 
ter 41, General Laws, Section 81A; until such time as an 
official Planning Board is elected at a subsequent annual meet- 
ing; or act anything thereon. 

Recommendations by the Committee are unnecessary. 

Article 51. To see if the town will vote to raise and 
appropriate the sum of $6,000.00 as a Reserve Fund, or act 
anything thereon. 

The Finance Committee requests that the sum of $3000 



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he raised and appropriated for the Reserve Fund and that 
$3000 be transferred from the Overlay Surphis to the Re- 
serve Fund. 

And you are directed to serve this Warrant by posting 
attested copies thereof seven days at least before the time 
of said meeting as directed by vote of the town. 

Hereof fail not and make due return of this warrant with 
your doings thereon to the town clerk at or before the time 
of meeting as aforesaid. 

Given under our hands at Acton this twenty-third day of 
January, 1951. 

ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 

Selectmen of Acton 



A true copy. Attest : 

Constable of Acton 



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ABSTRACT OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL 
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING, NOVEMBER 27, 1950 



Article 1. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of twenty-five hundred (2500) dollars for Old Age Assist- 
ance from the Surplus Revenue Account or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted Unanimously : To transfer the sum of twenty-five 
hundred (2500) dollars for Old Age Assistance from the 
Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 2. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of eighteen hundred (1800) dollars for unexpected 
school department expenses from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count or act anything thereon. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer the sum of eighteen 
hundred (1800) dollars for unexpected School Department 
expenses from the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 3. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of eight hundred fifty (850) dollars for Veterans' Bene- 
fits from the Surplus Revenue Account or act anything there- 
on. 

Voted Unanimously: To transfer the sum of eight 
hundred fifty (850) dollars for Veterans' Benefits from the 
Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 4. To see if the town will vote to transfer the 
sum of eight hundred (800) dollars for Brush Fire Payroll 
from the Surplus Revenue Account or act anything thereon. 

Voted: Unanimously: To transfer the sum of eight 
hundred (800) dollars for Brush Fire Payroll from the 
Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 5. To see if the town will vote to amend the 
vote taken at the 1950 annual town meeting on Article 27, 
relative to the appropriation of forty-five thousand (45,000) 
dollars for the construction of a new fire house in Acton 
Center on the present fire house location according to plans 



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submitted by the Fire House Committee and determine how 
the same shall be raised, to read as follows: That the sum 
of sixty thousand (60,000) dollars be appropriated for the 
construction of a new fire house in Acton Center, and that 
the town authorize the Fire House Committee to enter into 
contracts for the planning and construction of a new fire 
house and disposal of the present fire house; such plans, 
construction, equipment, disposal, contracts, and expendi- 
ture, for or in connection therewith, to be at the discretion 
and direction of the Fire House Committee; and to meet 
said appropriation the sum of fifteen thousand (15,000) 
dollars shall be appropriated from the Surplus Revenue 
Account, the sum of fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars shall 
be raised in the 1950 tax levy, and the Treasurer, with the 
approval of the Board of Selectmen, shall borrow thirty 
thousand (30,000) dollars by issuing- a note or notes for a 
period of two (2) years; fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars 
of which shall be paid each year. 

The motion was made to amend the vote taken at the 
1950 annual town meeting on Article 27, relative to the . 
appropriation of forty-five thousand (45,000) dollars for 
the construction of a new fire house in Acton Center on 
the present fire house location according to pkns submitted 
by the Fire House Committee and determine how the same 
shall be raised, to read as follows: That the sum of sixty 
thousand (60,000) dollars be appropriated for the construc- 
tion of a new fire house in Acton Center, and that the town 
authorize the Fire House Committee to enter into contracts 
for the planning and construction of a new fire house and 
disposaal of the present fire house; such plans, construction, 
equipment, disposal, contracts, and expenditure, for or in 
connection therewith, to be at the discretion and direction of 
the Fire House Committee; and to meet said appropriation 
the sum of fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars shall be ap- 
propriated from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum 
of fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars shall be raised in the 
1950 tax levy, and the Treasurer, with the approval of the 
Board of Selectmen, shall borrow thirty thousand (30,000) 
dollars by issuing a note or notes for a period of two (2) 
years; fifteen thousand (15,000) dollars of which shall be 
paid eiach year. 



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Moderator appointed five tellers : 
Dewey E. Boatman 
Ormal Laffin 
Thomas E. Wetherbee 
James E. Kinsley 
Edwin H. Christofferson 
Motion for ballot vote prevailed. 

Total votes oast 198 

Yes 72 

No 126 

Meeting adjourned at 9:10 P.M. 

A true copy. Attest: HARLAN E. TUTTLE, 

Town Clerk 

ABSTRACTS OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE ANNUAL 
TOWN MEETING, MARCH 13, 1950 



Article 1. (Officers) To choose all necessary town 
officers and committees and fix the salary and compensation 
of all elective officers of the town. 

Chose : Clara L. Sawyer trustee of the Elizabeth White 
Fund for three y€«ars. 

Chose: Frederick T. Kennedy trustee of the Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Arno H. Perkins trustee of the West Acton 
Firemen's Relief Fund for three years. 

Chose: Charles E. Smith trustee of the Goodnow Fund 
for three years. 

Voted : That the salary of the Tax Collector be twelve 
hundred and fifty dollars per annum. 

Voted : That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Selectmen be four hundred dollars per annum and the 
other members three hundred dollars each per annum. 

Voted : That the salaries of the Assessors be two thou- 
sand dollars in the aggregate per annum to be apportioned 
as they may determine. 

Voted : That the salary of the Chairmian of the Board 
of Health be twenty-five dollars per annum; the clerk fifteen 
dollars and the other member ten dollars per annum. 



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Voted: That the salary of the Chairman of the Board 
of Public Welfare be one hundred and twenty-five dollars 
per lannum and that of the other members seventy-five dollars 
each per annum and that the Board of Public Welfare be 
authorized to appoint one of its members as agent, at a 
salary of $600.00 in accordance with the provisions of 
Section 4 A of Chapter 41 of the General Laws. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Clerk be four 
hundred dollars per annum, said salary to be retroactive to 
January 1, 1950. 

Voted: That the salary of the Tree Warden be fixed 
at |1.25 per hour plus 75 cents per hour for use of a truck. 

Voted: That the salary of the Moderator be fifteen 
dollars for one evening and twenty-five dollars for two eve- 
nings for the anual town meeting and ten dollars for each 
special meeting. 

Voted: That the salary of the Town Treasurer be nine 
hundred dollars per annum, said salary to be retroactive 
to January 1. 1950. 

Article 2. (Reports) To see if the town will vote to 
accept the several reports of the town officers and boards 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To accept the several reports of the town 
ofllcers. 

Article 3. (Reports) To hear and act upon the re- 
ports of any committees chosen at any previous meeting that 
have not already reported. 

Voted : To pass over the article. 

Article 4. (Memorial Day) Te see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of |500.00, or any other 
sum, for the observance of Memorial Day, this sum to be 
expended under the direction of a committee appointed by 
the Board of Selectmen, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Five 
Hundred (500) dollars for the observance of Memorial Day, 



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this sum to be expended under the direction of a committee 
appointed by the Board of Selectmen. 

Article 5. (Memorial Day) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Finance Committee to include in each an- 
nual budget, a sum of money for the observance of Memorial 
Day and that this sum be expended under the direction of a 
committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To authorize the Finance Committee to include 
in each annual budget, a sum of money for the observance 
of Memorial Day and that this sum be expended under the 
direction of a committee appointed by the Board of Select- 
men. 

Article 6. (Borrow Money) To see if the town will 
vote to authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time 
in anticipation of the revenue of the financial year begin- 
ning January 1, 1950 and to issue a note or notes therefor, 
payable within one year, and to renew any note or notes 
as may be given for <a period of less than one year in ac- 
cordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, General Laws, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted Unanimously: To authorize the Town Treas- 
urer with the approval of the Selectmen, to borrow money 
from time to time in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning January 1, 1950 land to issue a 
note or notes therefor, payable within one year, and to re- 
new any note or notes as may be given for a period of less 
than one year in accordance with Section 17, Chapter 44, 
General Laws. 

Article 7. (Borrow Money) To see if the town will 
vote to (authorize the Town Treasurer with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from time to time 
in any fiscal year in anticipation of the revenue of the 
financial year beginning January 1st of that current year, 
and to issue a note or notes therefor, payable within one 
year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given for a 
period of less than one year in accordance with Section 17, 
Chapter 44, General Laws or act anything thereon. 



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Voted : To airtHorize the Town Tre&urer ; with' thet^ ^^^ 
proval of the Board of Selectmen, to borrow money from 
time to time in any fiscal year in -anticipation of the revenue 
of the financial year beginning January 1st of that current 
year, and to issue. a note or notes therefor, payable within 
one year, and to renew any note or notes as may be given 
for a period of less than one year in accordance with Section 
17, Chapter 44, General Laws. 

Article 8. (Machinery Fund) T^ see if the town will 
vote to transfer the sum of $2,500.00 from the Machinery 
Fund to the Machinery Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer the sum of Twenty-five Hundred 
(2500) dollars from the Machinery Fund to the Machinery 
Account. 

Article 9. (Dog Officer) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $450.00 for the use of 
the Treasurer to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. 
Th<' amount spent for board and disposal of dogs will be 
reimbursed by the County of Middlesex, or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted. To raise and appropriate the sum of Four 
Hundred fifty (450) dollars for the use of the Treasurer, 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. 

Article 10. (Dog Officer) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Finance Committee to include in each an- 
nual budget a sum for the use of the Treasurer to pay the 
expenses of the local Dog Officer, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Finance Committee to include 
in each annual budget a sum for the use of the Treasurer 
to pay the expenses of the local Dog Officer. 

Article 11. (Garbage) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $2000.00 or any other 
sum, so that the Board of Health may contract for the col- 
lection and disposal of garbage for a period of one year, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thou- 
sand (2000) dollars, so that the Board of Health may con- 



tract for the collection and disposal of garbage for a period 
of one year. 

Article 12. (Garbage) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Finance Committee to include in each an- 
nua;l budget a sum of money so that the Board of Health 
may contract for the collection and disposal of garbage or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Finance Committee to include 
in each annual budget a sum of money so that the Board of 
Health may contract for the collection and disposal of 
garbage. 

Article 13. (Trees) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $250.00 for the Tree De- 
partment for the replacement of shade trees or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Fifty (250) dollars for the Tree Department for the 
replacement of shade trees. 

Article 14. (Town Hall) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum of 
§4,750.00 for the rewiring, repairing and redecorating the 
interior of the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Forty Seven Hundred and Fifty (4750) 
dollars for the rewiring, repairing, arid redecorating the in- 
terior of the Town Hall. 

Article 15. (Expenses) To see what sum of money 
the town will vote to raise and appropriate to defray the 
necessary expenses of the several departments of the town 
and determine how the same shall be raised. 

Voted: That the following sums of money be raised 
and appropriated for the several purposes hereinafter desig- 
nated and that the same be expended only for the purposes 
under the direction of the respective boards, committees, or 
officers of the town as follows: 



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General Government 

1 Moderator | 25.00 

2 Finance Committee 100.00 

3 Selectmen Salaries & Wages 2,550.00 

4 Expenses 150.00 

5 Town Accountant Salary and 

Wages 900.00 

6 Expenses 50.00 

7 Treasurer, Salary and 

Wages 900.00 

8 Expenses 250.00 

9 Collector, Salary and 

Wages 1,800.00 

10 Expenses 300.00 

11 Assessors Salaries and 

Wages 2,350.00 

12 Expenses 450.00 

13 To\^Ti Clerk, Salary and 

Fees 550.00 

14 Expenses 200.00 

15 Elections and Registrations, 

Salaries and Wages 1,138.00 

16 Expenses 700.00 



17 Total General Govermnent $12,413.00 

Buildings and Grounds: 

18 Buildings and Grounds, 

Salaries and Wages 3,125.00 

19 Expenses 2,855.00 



20 Total Buildings and Grounds S 5.980.00 

Protection of Persons and Property: 

21 Police, Salaries and Wages 6,438.00 

22 Expenses, including cruiser 

and uniforms 1,775.00 

23 Fire Dept., Salaries and Wages 2,800.00 

24 Expenses 2,100.00 

25 Fire Alarm System Labor 350.00 

26 Expenses 150.00 

27 Fire Hydrant Rental 4,276.00 



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28 Forest Fire 1,500.00 

29 Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Salaries and Wages 225.00 

30 Expens<3s 50.00 

31 Moth Dept., Salary and Wages . . 1,500.00 

32 Expenses 1,200.00 

33 Tree Warden, Salary and Wages 1,750.00 

34 Expenses 750.00 

35 Total Protection $24,864.00 

Health and Sanitation 

36 Board of Health, Salary 

and Wages 5,525.00 

37 Expenses 2,100.00 

38 Inspection of Animals 150.00 

39 Total Health and 

Sanitation $ 7,775.00 

Highways 

40 Village Highways 3,000.00 

41 Chapter 81 Highways 8,550.00 

42 Chapter 90 Highways 3,000.00 

43 Snow Removal 10,000.00 

44 Street Lighting 5,500.00 

45 Total Highways $30,050.00 

Charities 

46 Welfare Department 1,300.00 

47 Exi)ense 

48 Expenditure 4,500.00 

49 Old Age Expenditure 35,000.00 

50 A.D.C. Expenditure 6,500.00 

51 Total Charities $47,300.00 

Veterans 

52 Veterans' Benefits Salary 

and Wages 150.00 

53 Expenses 100.00 

54 Expenditure 3,000.00 

55 Veterans' Service Salary 

and Wages 1,050.00 



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56 Expenses 50.00 



57 Total Veterans' Aid $ 4,350.00 

Education 

58 Schools, Salaries and Wages 81,920.00 

59-67 Expenses 21,150.00 



68 Total Education $103,070.00 

Libraries : 

69 Libraries, Salaries and Wages . . 1,125.00 

70 Expenses 1,225.00 

71 Books 300.00 



72 Total Libraries $ 2,650.00 

Recreation 

73 Playgrounds 3,000.00 



74 Total Recreation $3,000.00 

Unclassified 

75 Miscellaneous Expenses 1,500.00 

76 Town Reports 1,000.00 

77 Workmen's Compensation 1,200.00 

78 Surety Bonds 400.00 

79 Pension Fund 1,757.00 

80 Expense Fund 112.00 



81 Total Unclassified S 5,969.00 

Cemeteries 

82 Cemeteries, Salary and Wages . . 4,600.00 

83 Expenses 1,725.00 



84 Total Cemeteries ? 6,325.00 

Maturing Debt and Interest 

85 Maturing Debt 1,000.00 

86 Interest 120.00 



87 Total Debt and Interest . . $ 1,120.00 



Total Regular Expenses $254,866.00 



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Transfers under Article 15 : 
Item 19. Expenses Buildings and 

Grounds 1,000.00 

Repairs Tt>wn Hall. 

Item 43. Snow Removal 1,500.00 

Item 54. Expenditure Veterans 2,000.00 

Total transfers from S. R. Acct. 

under Article 15 4,500.00 

Total under Article 15 $259,366.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Article 15 . . . §254,866.00 
Special Articles: 

Art. 4. Memorial Day $ 500.00 

Art. 9 Dog Officer 450.00 

Art. 11 Collection of Garbage 2,000.00 

Art. 13 Tree Dept. New trees 250.00 
Art. 17 Construction of Main 

St 3,750.00 

Art. 18 Snow Fence 200.00 

Art. 23 Feeding Shade Trees 500.00 

Art. 25 Repairs Town Sprayer 250.00 

Art. 27 New Fire House 15,000.00 

Art. 28 Poison Ivy 1,000.00 

Art. 29 Mt. Hope Cemetery . . 800.00 

Art. 33 Inspector of Wires . . 400.00 
Art. 38 School Building 

Commlittee 750.00 

Art. 42 Center School heating 

unit 2,000.00 

Art. 43 Traffic Zoning 200.00 

Art. 45 Pine Street 1,000.00 

Art. 46 Insurance 700.00 

Art. 49 Town Hall Repairs . . 3,000.00 

Total to be raised and appropriated 

under Special Articles $ 32,750.00 

Total Voted to be raised and 

appropriated $287,616.00 



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Transfers : 

Art. 8 Machinery Account . . 2,500.00 

Art. 14 Repairs Town Hall . . 4,750.00 

Art. 15 Several Items 4,500.00 

Art. 16 Snow Plow 800.00 

Art. 19 Chapters 81 and 90 . . 27,700.00 

Art. 21 Fire Department 1,500.00 

Art. 22 Police Dept 600.00 

(New Cruiser) 

Art. 27 Fire House 15,000.00 

Art. 31 Fire Alarm System . . 2,600.00 

Art. 36 Regional School 100.00 

Art. 39 Painting School 

Buildings 3,500.00 

Art. 40 Ceilings School 

Buildings 1,000.00 

Art. 41 Painting interior 

High Sdhool 2,000.00 

Art. 47 Cemetery Department 400.00 

Art. 51 Reserve Fund 5,000.00 

Art. 52 Folding Chairs 

Town Hall 300.00 

Art. 58 School Building 

Committee 1,250.00 

Total Transfers $ 73,500.00 

Borrow : 

Art. 27 New Fire House .... 15,000.00 15,000.00 



Grand Total $376,116.00 

Article 16. (Snow Plow) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account the sum 
of S800.00 for the purchase of a snow plow and authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell any old snow plows 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Eight Hundred (800) dollars for the pur- 
chase of a snow plow and authorize the Board of Select- 
men to trade-in or sell any old snow plows. 



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Article 17. (Construction of Main St.) To see if the 
town will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $4,000.00 
for new construction of Main Street from the Carlisle Line 
to the State Road in North Acton; said money to be used in 
conjunction with $4,000.00 to be allotted by the County and 
88,000.00 to be allotted by the State ; or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Thirty 
Seven Hundred Fifty (3750) dollars for new construction 
of Main Street from the Carlisle Line to the State Road in 
North Acton ; said money to be used in conjunction with 
Thirty Seven Hundred Fifty (3750) dollars to be allotted 
by the County and Seventy Five Hundred (7500) dollars 
to be allotted by the State. 

Article 18. (Snow Fence) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the pur- 
chase of snow fence, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred (200) dollars for the purchase of snow fence. 

Article 19. (Highways) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the 
amount, of the State's and County's allotments for highways 
under Chapter 81 and 90; provided that the reimbursement 
be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account, or act 
anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count the sum of Twenty-Seven Thousand Seven Hundred 
(27,700) dollars, the amount of the State's and County's 
allotmehts for Highways under Chapters 81 and 90; pro- 
vided that the reimbursement from the State and County 
be credited back to the Surplus Revenue Account. 

Article 20. (Highways) To see if the town will vote 
to authorize the Board of Selectmen to annually instruct the 
Town Accountant to transfer from the Surplus Revenue 
Account, the amount of the State's and County's allotments 
for highways under Chapters 81 and 90; provided that the 
reimbursement from the State and County be credited to 
the Surplus Revenue Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 



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Article 21. (Fire Dept.) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, the sum 
of 11,500.00 for the purchase of necessary equipment for 
the Fire Department, or act anything- thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count, the sum of Fifteen Hundred (1500) dollars for the 
purchase of necessary equipment for the Fire Department. 

Article 22. (Police Cruiser) To see if the town will 
vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, 
the sum of |600.00, or any other sum, for the purchase of 
a new cruiser for the Police Department and to authorize 
the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell the old cruiser, 
or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count, the sum of Six Hundred (600) dollars for the pur- 
chase of a new cruiser for the Police Department and to 
lauthorize the Board of Selectmen to trade-in or sell the old 
cruiser. 

Article 23. (Feeding Trees) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of |500.00 for the 
feeding" of our shade trees, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Five Hun- 
dred (500) dollars for the feeding of our shade trees. 

Article 24. (Dutch Elm Disease) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of |500.00 for 
control work of the Dutch Elm Disease in accordance with 
Chapter 761 of the Acts of 1949 or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the article. 

Article 25. (Sprayer Repairs) To see if the town will 
vote to raise and appropriate the sum of |250.00 for repairs 
to the town sprayer, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropri^ate the sum of Two Hun- 
dred Fifty (250) dollars for repairs to the town sprayer. 

Article 26. (Animal Inspector) To see if the town 
will vote to accept the provisions of Chapter 129, Section 15 
of the General Laws, as amended by Chapter 162 of the 
Acts of 1941 relative to the nomination of one or more In- 
spectors of Animtals, which reads as follows: "In a town 
which has a board of health and accepts this paragraph, 



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the nomination of such inspectors shall be made by the 
board of health and not by the selectmen." ; or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To pass over the Article. 

Article 27. (Fire House) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate the sum of $45,000.00 or any other sum, for 
the construction of a new fire house in Acton Center on the 
present fire house location, according to plans submitted 
by the Fire House Committee, and determine how the same 
shall be raised, or act anything thereon. 

Voted Unanimously: That the sum of $45,000.00 be 
appropriated for the construction of a new fire house in 
Acton Center, and that the town authorize the Fire House 
Committee to enter into contracts for the planning and con- 
struction of a new fire house and disposal of the present 
fire house; such plans, construction, equipment, disposal, 
contracts, and expenditures, for or in connection therewith, 
to be at the discretion and direction of the Fire House Com- 
mittee; and to meet said appropriation the sum of |15,000.00 
shall be appropriated from the Surplus Revenue Account, 
the sum of $15,000.00 shall be raised in the 1950 tax levy, 
and the Treasurer, with the approval of the Selectmen, shall 
borrow $15,000.00 by issuing a note or notes payable in one 
year. 

Article 28. (Poison Ivy) To see if the town will vote 
to rai^e and appropriate the sum of $2,500.00 or any othei 
amount, for the Tree Department for eradication of poisor. 
ivy on the highways, streets, and school grounds, or ad 
anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of One Thou- 
sand (1000) dollars for the eradication of poison ivy on the 
highways, streets and school grounds and to be spent under 
the supervision of the board of Selectmen. 

Article 29. (Mt. Hope Cemetery) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $800.00 or any 
other sum, for the purpose of oiling roads and avenues in 
Mt. Hope Cemetery, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of eight Hun- 
dred (800) Dollars for the purpose of oiling roads and 
avenues in Mt. Hope Cemetery. 



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Article 30. (Water District) To see if the town will 
vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the 
Legislature for permission for the Town to acquire the 
West and South Water Supply District of Acton, or act 
anything thereon. 

Motion: I move that the town vote to authorize the 
Moderator to appoint a committee of three to study the 
advisability of the Town acquiring the West and South 
Water Supply District and to make recommendations at the 
next annual or special town meeting. 

Did not prevail. 

Article 31. (Fire Alarm System) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of S2,600.00 or 
any other sum for the extension of the Fire Alarm System 
from Edwards Square along Central Street to Nashoba Road, 
up Nashoba Road to property knowni as Jenks Farm, then 
returning back to Elm Street, along Elm Street to Arlington 
Street and along Arlington Street to Edwards Square with 
five or more fire alarm boxes, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Two Thousand Six Hundred (2600) dollars, for 
the extension of the Fire Alarm System from Edwards 
Square along Central Street to Nashoba Road, up Nashoba 
Road to the property known as Jenks Farm, then return- 
ing back to Elm Street, along Elm Street to Arlington Street 
and along Arlington Street to Edwards Square, with five 
or more alarm boxes. 

Article 32. (Woodlawn Cemetery Entrance) To see if 
the town will vote to accept a gift of not more than Three 
Thousand (3000) Dollars from Ernest E. Wetherbee of A1-. 
bany, Georgia, toward constructing a Memorial Entrance 
to Woodlawn Cemetery, near its easterly end on Concord 
Road at Grove Avenue in accordance with a plan filed with 
the Cemetery Commissioners with their approval and under 
their supervision; and to authorize said Cemetery Commis- 
sioners to make contracts for such construction and to do 
anything necessary, proper, or expedient for carrying out 
the above purposes, or act anything thereon. 



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Voted : To accept a gift of not more than Three Thou- 
sand (3000) dollars from Ernest E. Wetherbee of Albany, 
Georgia, toward constructing a Memorial Entrance to Wood- 
lawn Cemetery, near its easterly end on Concord Road at 
Grove Avenue in accordance with a plan filed with the 
Cemetery Commissioners, with their approval and under 
their supervision; and to authorize said Cemetery Commis- 
sioners to make contracts for such construction and to do 
anything necessary, proper, or expedient for carrying out 
the above purposes. 

Article 33. (Wire Inspector) To see if the town will 
vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to appoint an in- 
spector of wires as required by the provisions of Chapter 
529 of the Acts of 1949 and raise and appropriate the sum 
of 1400.00 for the same, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to ap- 
point an inspector of wires as required by the provisions of 
Chapter 529 of the Acts of 1949 and raise and appropriate 
the sum of Four Hundred (400) dollars. 

Article 34. (Betsy M. Ball) To see if the town wall 
accept the bequest to the Town of Acton under the provisions 
of the will of Betsey Morse Ball, late of Marlborough, Massa- 
chusetts; and authorize the Selectmen to act in accordance 
therewith, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: That the town accept the bequest to the Tow^n 
of Acton under the provisions of the will of Betsey Morse 
Ball, late of Marlborough, Massachusetts, and authorize the 
Selectmen to act in accordance therewith. 

Article 35. (School Survey Committee) To see if the 
town will vote to authorize the dissolution of the School Sur- 
vey Committee and to return the balance remaining in the 
School Survey Committee Account to the Surplus Revenue 
Account, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To authorize the dissolution of the School Sur- 
vey Committee and to return the balance remaining in the 
School Survey Committee Account to the Surplus Revenue 
Account. 

Article 36. (Regional School Committee) To see if 



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the town will vote to create a special unpaid board to be 
known as a regional school district planning board, as pro- 
\'ided for in Sections 14 and 14 A of Chapter 71, General 
Laws, to consist of three members, including one member 
of the School Committee, to be appointed by the Town 
Moderator, to report at the next special or regular meeting, 
and to raise and appropriate $100.00 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account for expenses, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To create a special unpaid board to be known 
as a regional school district planning board, as provided for 
in Sections 14 and 14A of Chapter 71, General Laws and 
under Chapter 638 of the Acts of 1949, to consist of three 
members, including one member of the School Committee, 
TO be appointed by the Town Moderator, to report at a special 
town meeting to be called by the Board of Selectmen not 
later than December 1950, for discussion of this article. 
Also to transfer $100.00 from the Surplus Revenue Account 
for use of said committee. Committee appointed by Moder- 
ator: Charles V. Sturdivant; Orwald E. Kienow; and Alden 
C. Flagg. Jr. 

Article 37. (School Bldg. Committee) To see if the 
town will vote to create a special school building committee 
of five members to be appointed by the Moderator, to investi- 
gate the design, construction, site, costs of additional school 
facilities, and methods of financing, and report to the next 
special or regular town meeting, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To create a special school building committee 
of five members to be appointed by the Moderator, to in- 
vestigate the design, construction, site, costs of additional 
school facilities and methods of financing, to report at a 
special towTi meeting to be called by the Board of Selectmen 
not later than December 1950, for discussion of this article. 
Committee appointed by the Moderator: 

Carl A. Christofferson Porter G. Jenks 

Marion C. Reed Thomas Motley 2nd. 

Burton J. Jones, Jr. 

Article 38. (School Bldg. Committee) To see if the town 
will vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for 



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expenses for the school building committee, mentioned in 
the previous article, or take any other action therto. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Seven 
Hundred Fifty (750) dollars and transfer from the surplus 
Revenue Account Twelve Hundred-Fifty (1250) dollars for 
expenses of the school building committee, mentioned in 
the previous article. 

Article 39. (Schools) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,500.00 for paintings 
the exteriors of the South, Center, West and High School 
buildings, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Three Thousand five hundred (3500) dollars for 
painting the exteriors of the School Buildings. 

Article 40. (Schools) To see if the town will vote to 
raise and appropriate the sum of $1,000.00 to refinish the 
ceilings in the South, Center, West -and High Schools, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of One Thousand (1000) Dollars to refinish the ceil- 
ings in the South. Center, West and High Schools. 

Article 41. (Schools) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $3,000.00 to refinish 
and repaint the interior of the High School or act anything 
thereon. 

Voted: To transfer from the Surplus Revenue Account 
the sum of Two Thousand (2000) Dollars to refinish and 
repaint the interior of the High School. 

Article 42. (Schools) To see if the town will vote tc^ 
raise <and appropriate the sum of $2,000.00 for the installa^ 
tion of a new heating unit at the Center School, or act any- 
thing thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Two Thou- 
sand (2000) Dollars for the installation of a new heating 
unit at the Center School. 

Article 43. (Traffic Zoning) To see if the tmvn will 



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vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take necessary 
steps for Traffic Zoning in the Town of Acton and raise 
and appropriate the sum of $200.00 for the expenses of the 
same, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To authorize the Board of Selectmen to take 
necessary steps for Traffic Zoning in the Town of Acton 
and to raise and appropriate the sum of Two Hundred (200) 
Dollars for the expenses of the same. 

Article 44. (Lenore Street) To see if the town will 
vote to accept as a town way, the laying out by the Board 
of Selectmen of a road in South Acton extending in a south- 
easterly direction from Main Street a distance of approxi- 
mately 473 feet by land of Flanagan and Waluk, a plan of 
which is filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said way to be 
named Lenore Street and raise and appropriate a sum of 
money for repairs to the same or act anything thereon. 

Dklotion : I move that the town vote to accept as a 
town ' way the laying out by the Board of Selectmen of a 
road in South Acton extending in a south-easterly direction 
from Main Street a distance of approximately four hundred 
seventy-three feet by land of Flanagan and Waluk, a plan 
of which is filed in the office of the town clerk, provided 
that the abutters give written easements of land necessary 
for a forty foot lay-out, said way to be named Lenore Street 
and raise and appropriate a sum of Two Thousand Dollars 
for repairs to the same. 

Motion did not prevail. 

Article 45. (Pine Street) To see if the town will vote 
to accept as a town way the laying out by the Board of Select- 
men of a road in South Acton extending in a westerly direc- 
tion from Main Street, a distance of aiDproximately 250 feet 
by land of Farrell, Byers and others, a plan of which is 
filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said way to be named 
Pine Street ; and raise and appropriate a sum of money for 
repairs to the same, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To accept as a town way, the laying out by 
the Board of Selectmen of a road in South Acton extending 
in a westerly direction from Main Street, a distance of ap- 
proximately 250 feet by land of Farrell, Byers and others 



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a plan of which is filed in the office of the Town Clerk, said 
way to be named Pine Street, and to raise and appropriate 
the sum of One Thousand (1000) dollars for repairs to 
the same. 

Article 46. (Insurance) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate the sum of $750.00 to pay the cost 
of effecting insurance providing indemnity for or protection 
to any officer or employee of the Town against loss by reason 
of his liability to pay damages to others for bodily injuries 
including death at any time resulting therefrom, or for 
damages to property caused by operation, within the scope 
of his official duties or employment of motor or other vehicles 
owned by the Town as provided by the provisions of General 
Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as 
amended, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To raise and appropriate the sum of Seven 
Hundred (700) Dollars to pay the cost of effecting insurance 
providing indemnity or protection to any officer or em- 
ployee of the Town against loss by reason of his liability to 
pay damages to others for bodily injuries, including death 
at any time resulting therefrom, or for damages to property, 
caused by operation, within the scope of his official duties 
or employment of motor or other vehicles owned by the 
Town as provided by the provisions of General Laws (Ter. 
Ed.) Chapter 40, Section 5, Subsection 1, as amended. 

Article 47. (Cemetery Dept.) To see if the town will 
vote to appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Account, 
the sum of $400.00 for the purchase of a lowering device 
for the Cemetery Department,, and authorize the Board of 
Cemetery Commissioners to trade-in or sell any old lower- 
ing device or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate from the Surplus Revenue Ac- 
count, the sum of Four Hundred (400) Dollars for the pur- 
chase of a lowering device, for the Cemetery Department, 
and authorize the Board of Cemetery Commissioners to 
trade-in or sell any old lowering device. 

Article 48. (By-Laws) To see if the town will vote 
to accept as a town by-law, the provisions of Chapter 40 
of the General Laws, Section 21, Paragraph 17, to pro- 



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hibit unlicensed stripping of farm land, as printed in the 
town report under Proposed Earth Removal By-Law, or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted Unanimously: To accept as a town by-law the 
provisions of Chapter 40 of the General Laws, Section 21, 
Paragraph 17, to prohibit unlicensed stripping of farm lands, 
as printed in the town report under Proposed Earth Re- 
moval By-Law. 

Article 49. (Town Hall) To see if the town will vote 
to raise and appropriate a sum of money for repairs to 
the roof timbers and outside foundation wall of the Town 
Hall, as ordered by an inspector of the department of Pub- 
lic Safety, or act anything thereon. 

Voted : To raise and appropriate the sum of Tliree Thou- 
sand (3000) Dollars for repairs to the roof timbers and outside 
foundation wall of the Town Hall as ordered by an inspector 
of the department of Public Safety. 

Article 50. (Post- War Committee) To see if the town 
will vote to authorize the dissolution of the Post-War Public 
Works _ Committee and to return to the Surplus Revenue 
Account the balance of their appropriations or act anything 
thereon. . 

Voted : The town to authorize the dissolution of the 
Post-War Public Works Committee and to return to the 
Surplus Revenue Account the balance of their appropriations. 

Article 51. (Reserve Fund) To see if the tovm will 
vote to appropriate the sum of S5,000 from the Surplus 
Revenue Account as a Reserve Fund, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Five Thousand 
(5000) Dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account as a 
Reserve Fund. 

Article 52. (Town Hall) To see if the town will vote 
to appropriate the sum of §300.00 from the Surplus Revenue 
Account for the purpose of purchasing additional folding 
chairs for the Town Hall, or act anything thereon. 

Voted: To appropriate the sum of Three Hundred 
(300) Dollars from the Surplus Revenue Account for the 



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purpose of purchasing additional folding chairs for the 
Town Hall. 

Article 53. (Revise By-Laws) To see if the town will 
vote to instruct the Moderator to appoint a committee of 
three to revise and bring the Town By-Laws up to date or 
act anything thereon. 

Voted: To instruct the moderator to appoint a com- 
mittee of three to revise and bring the Town By-Laws up tc 
date. Committee appointed by Moderator: George S. Braman. 
H. Stuart MacGregor, George A. Morse. 

Number of voters checked — 337 

Voted: To adjourn at 11:00 P.M. 

A true copv. Attest: HARLAN E. TXJTTLE, 

Clerk 



SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
HELD DECEMBER 18, 1950 



Article 1. To hear the report of the Regional School 
District Planning Board as voted under article 36 at the 
annual town meeting March 13, 1950. 

Said report was given and no action taken. 

Article 2. To hear the report of the Special SchooJ 
Building Committee as voted under article 37 at the annual 
town meeting March 13, 1950. 

Said report was given and no action taken. 

The moderator thanked the committees for their re- 
ports. 

Number of voters checked — 183. 

Meeting adjourned at 10:20 P.M. v^ ^ 



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STATE ELECTION HELD NOVEMBER 7, 1950 



R.— Republican D.— Democratic S.L.P.— Socialist Labor Party 
P — Prohibition Party 

Pet. 1 Pet. 2 Pet. 3 Total 
Whole number of ballots cast 515 567 524 1606 



GOVERNOR 

Paul A. Dever, D 99 161 119 379 

Arthur W. Coolidge, R 414 396 395 1205 

Horace L Hillis, S.L — 1 1 2 

Mark R. Shaw, P — 2 — 2 

Blanks 2 7 9 18 



LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR 

Charles F. Jeff Sullivan. D 81 149 

Laurence Curtis, R 430 409 

Lawrence Gilfedder, S.L 1 - — 

Blanks 3 9 

SECRETARY 

Edward J. Cronin, D 82 152 

Russel A. Wood, R 423 390 

Ellsworth J. M. Dickson, P — 4 

Fred M. Ingersoll, S.L — 6 

Blanks 10 15 

TREASURER 

John E. Hurley, D 123 188 133 444 

Fred J. Burrell, R 371 348 371 1090 

Henning A. Blomen, S.L 1 3 1 5 

Harold J. Ireland, P 15 4 10 

Blanks 19 23 15 57 



111 


341 


406 


1245 


— 


1 


7 


19 



113 


347 


392 


1205 


3 


7 


1 


7 


15 


40 



103 


317 


403 


1233 


— 


4 


1 


5 


17 


47 



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AUDITOR 

Thomas J. Buckley, D 107 167 138 412 

William G. Andrew, R 397 377 369 1143 

Robert A. Simmons, P — 2 1 3 

Francis A. Votano, S.L — 1 — 1 

Blanks 11 20 16 47 

ATTORNEY GENERAL 

Francis E. Kelley, D 72 142 

Frederick Ayer, Jr., R 430 400 

Anthony Martin, S.L 1 3 

Howard B. Rand, P — 4 

Blanks 12 18 

CONGRESSMAN 

Edith Nourse Rogers, R 476 485 470 1431 

Clement G. McDonough, D 31 69 47 147 

Blanks 8 13 7 28 

COUNCILLOR 

Otis M. Whitney, R. . . .' 443 445 428 1316 

John A. Dolan, D 58 106 81 245 

Blanks 14 16 15 45 

SENATOR 

Richard I. Furbush, R 429 432 421 1282 

James J. Vahey, D 68 118 90 276 

Blanks 18 17 13 48 

REPRESENTATIVE IN GENERAL COURT 

Edward J. DeSaulnier, Jr., R. . . 375 

Fletcher S. Hyde, D 119 

Blanks 21 



342 


351 


1068 


210 


152 


481 


15 


21 


57 



409 


1223 


93 


307 


22 


76 



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DISTRICT ATTORNEY 

George E. Thompson. R 403 407 414 1224 

John F. Kelley. D 97 137 95 329 

Blanks 15 23 15 53 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER 

Melvin G. Rogers, R 424 390 

Thomas B. Brennan, D 69 145 

Blanks 22 32 

SHERIFF 

Ho^vard W. Fitzpatrick, D 102 165 125 392 

A. Warren Stearns, R 400 376 383 1159 

Blanks 13 26 16 55 

QUESTION NO. 1 

Amendment to Constitution. Succession of State Officers. 

Ye^ 367 344 357 1068 

No 48 66 65 179 

Blanks 100 157 1^2 359 

QUESTION NO. 2 

Amendment to Constitution, increase in the number of 
signatures required upon an initiative or referendum petition. 

Yes 325 303 322 950 

No 81 101 93 275 

Blanks 109 163 109 381 

QUESTION NO. 3 

Increase in Old Age Pension. 

Yes 177 

No 275 

Blanks 63 



237 


188 


602 


229 


281 


785 


101 


55 


219 



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QUESTION NO. 4 



State Lottery. 

Yes 105 156 

No 346 306 

Blanks 64 105 

QUESTION NO. 5 

Flat Rate Insurance. 

Yes 9 16 

No 481 516 

Blanks 25 35 



130 


391 


343 


995 


51 


220 



11 


36 


485 


1482 


28 


88 



QUESTION NO. 6 

A. Pari-Mutuel System — Horse Racing. 

Yes 175 232 

No 286 251 

Blanks 54 84 

B. Pari-Mutuel System^ — Dog Racing. 

Yes 141 194 

No 295 264 

Blanks 79 109 



188 


595 


275 


812 


61 


199 


147 


482 


288 


847 


89 


277 



QUESTION NO. 7 

Alcoholic Beverages: 

A. Whiskey and Rum. 

Yes 170 202 

No 278 243 

Blanks 67 122 

B. Wines and Beer. 

Yes 185 277 

No 257 190 

Blanks 73 100 

C. Package Store. 

Yes 327 300 

No 145 161 

Blanks 43 106 



171 


543 


287 


808 


66 


255 


177 


639 


273 


720 


74 


247 


312 


939 


166 


472 


46 


195 



Rent Control. 

Yes 

No 



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QUESTION NO. 8 








217 


228 
178 
161 


261 

168 

95 


706 


191 


537 


107 


868 



49 
TOWN OFFICERS 



Moderator 

Albert P. Durkee 

Selectmen 

Arthur W. Lee Term Expires 1951 

George S. Braman Term Expires 1952 

Lawrence Donnelly Term Expires 1953 

Town Clerk 

Harlan E. Tuttle 

Town Treasurer 

William Henry Soar 

Assessors 

James W. Baker Term Expires 1951 

Carl C. Flint Term Expires 1952 

Albert P. Durkee Term Expires 1953 

Collector of Taxes 

Ethel A. Davis 

Tree Warden 

James J. Knight 

Board of Public Welfare 

Lossie E. Laird Term Expires 1951 

*Mlary M. Laffin Term Expires 1952 

Walter B. Stevens Term Expires 1953 

**A. Perry Marble 



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Constables 

Ivar Peterson Robert G. Willett 

T. Frederick S. Kennedy Michael Foley 

''Resigned 
**Elected to replace 

Cemetery Commissioners 

Ray L. Harris Term Expires 1951 

Howard F. Jones Term Expires 1952 

Harry E. Holt Term Expires 1953 

School Committee 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Term Expires 1951 

Donald R. Severance Term Expires 1951 

Marion C. Reed Term Expires 1952 

^Charles V. Sturdivant Term Expires 1952 

Ernest Simpson Term Expires 1953 

Eleanore H. Hollis Term Expires 1953 

**Wilson D. Sked 

Trustees of Memorial Library 

Florence A. Merriam Term Expires 1951 

Gertrude P. Tuttle Tenn Expires 1952 

Wendell F. Davis Term Expires 1953 

Board of Health 

Benjamin F. Rice Term Expires 1951 

O. Lawrence Clark Term Expires 1952 

Herbert L. Luesher Term Expires 1953 

Affent of Board of Health 

Edward J. Higgins 

Trustees of Elizabeth White Fund 

Waldo E. Whitcomb Term Expires 1951 

Grace 0. Lears Term Expires 1952 

Clara L. Sawyer Term Expires 1953 



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Trustees of West Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

H. Stuart MacGregor Term Expires 1951 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1952 

Amo H. Perkins Term Expires 1953 

Trustees of Acton Firemen's Relief Fund 

Clarence Frost Term Expires 1951 

Herbert Merriam Term Expires 1952 

Frederick T. Kennedy Term Expires 1953 

Trustees of Goodnow Fund 

Roy H. Linscott Term Expires 1951 

Horace F. Tattle Term Expires 1952 

Charles E. Smith Term Expires 1953 



APPOINTMENTS MADE BY SELECTMEN — 1950 

Executive Clerk 

Virginia Milbery 

Office: Town Hall Hours: 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. 

Meetings : Board of Selectmen, Tuesday evening>s at 7 :30 

Board of Public Welfare 

First and third Mondays at 1 :00 

Finance Committee 

John M. Whittier Prentice W. Blood 

Herbert W. Merriam Porter G. Jenks 

Robert F. Charles W. Stuart Allen 

"" Superintendent of Streets 

Russell C. Berry 

Town Accountant 

Howard L. Jones Term Expires 1953 



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Registrars af Voters 

Grace J. Cullinane Term Expires 1951 

Julia A. Barry Term Expires 1952 

James B. Wilson Term Expires 1953 

Harlan E. Tuttle Ex-Officio 

Election Officers 

Precinct I 

Warden — Alice C. Duren 
Clerk — James A. Wayne 
Inspector — Roy H. Linscott 
Inspector — Paul A. Coughlin 
Deputy Warden — Mary F. McCarthy 
Deputy Clerk— Helen R. Best 
Deputy Inspector — Paul C. Cornwall 
Deputy Inspector — Leo T. McCarthy 
Teller — Marion C. Jewell 
Teller — Gladys Duston 

Precinct II 

Warden — Doris Soar 

Clerk — Gladys M. Connolly 

Inspector — Marian L. Piper 

Inspector — Sophia Walsh 

Deputy Warden — Marion H. Wilmot 

Deputy Clerk — Anne R. ChristofFerson 

Deputy Inspector — Hazel P. Vose 

Deputy Inspector — ^Margaret F. Heath 

Teller — Martha I. Lowden 

Teller— Catherine G. Ward 

Precinct III 

Warden — Marion C. Reed 
Clerk — Mary M. Laffin 
Inspector — Isabel G. Sked 
Inspector — Margaret J. Lundberg 
Deputy Warden — Bertram D. Hall 
Deputy Clerk — Annie E. Smith 



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Deputy Inspector — Harry E. Holt 
Deputy Inspector — Margaret H. Allsopp 
Teller — Phyllis K. Sprague 
Teller — Barbara J. McPhee 

Fire Engineers 

H. Stuart MacGregor, Chief Engineer 
Clarence Frost, Asst. Engineer — Precinct I 
Lloyd W. Priest, Asst. Engineer — Precinct II 
Arno H. Perkins, Asst. Engineer — Precinct III 

Inspector of Animals 

Arno H. Perkins 

Forest Warden 

H. Stuart MacGregor 

Dog Officer 

Arthur Fraser 

Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Charles E. Bartlett 

Town Forest Committee 

James J. Knight Term Expires 1951 

Arno H. Perkins Term Expires 1952 

Emery D. Nelson Term Expires 1953 

Surveyors of Wood and Lumber 

Oliver D. Wood Charles E. Smith 

Fence Viewers 

Robert G. Willett Louis F. Leveroni 

Field Drivers 

Robert J. Young Benjamin H. Sawyer 

Benjamin E. Derby 



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Superintendent of Moth Work 

James J. Knight 

Inspector of Wires 

Byrd D. Goss 

Police Officers 

^Michael Foley, Chief 

Edward J. Collins Roy H. Linscolt 

Viola M. Foley Ray L. Harris 

Benjamin H. Sawyer Edward J. Higgins 

George A. Morse Louis F. Leveroni 

Merle R. Morse 
'^ Civil Service — Permanent 

Burial Agent 

Edward J. Higgins 

Veterans' Agent 

Edward J. Higgins 

Superintendent of Jones Memorial Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Superintendent of Goward Field 

Frederic W. Rimbach 

Workmen's Compensation Agent 

Howard L. Jones 

Director of Veterans' Services 

Theron A. Lowden 

Public Weighers 

William Braman Thomas Hearon 

G. Howard Reed Albert R. Jenks 

John William Davis Porter G. Jenks 

A. W. Davis Louise Garceau 

M. B. Ferber Ruth Durkin 

Philip Newell Otis J. Reed 



55 
SELECTMEN'S REPORT 

To the Citizens of the Town of Acton, we hereby submit 
reports of the several departments under the supervision of 
the Board of Selectmen. 

During the year 1950, the Board has held 52 regular and 
8 special meetings. The Board has also attended several 
hearings with the Department of Public Works, as well as 
meetings with the County Commissioners and of the Select- 
men's Association. 

At the annual town meeting, |1, 000.00 was appropriated 
for the eradication of poison ivy, this amount to be expended 
under the direction of the Selectmen. Representatives from 
several insecticide companies met with the Board relative 
to materials and equipment best suited for this project. The 
F. A. Bartlett Tree Expert Co. was engaged to apply two 
sprays to the poison ivy in certain sections of the Town. We 
feel that the results have been very satisfactory and recom- 
mend the continuance of this project. 

A cable fence was erected on Jones' Field along Martin 
Street; also the tool shed was clapboarded and painted. In 
the Fall, a skating rink was constructed near the brook. A 
light is to be installed to illuminate the rink. 

The fire alarm system was extended as voted with the 
exception of a short stretch at Hapgood Crossing. We are 
now waiting for the installation of several poles adjacent to 
this crossing so that this circuit of the fire alarm system may 
be completed. 

Numerous repairs have been made to the Town Hall dur- 
ing the year. The necessary repairs to the building founda- 
tion and to the timbers in the attic were made as requested 
by the Department of Public Safety. New lights and wiring 
have been installed throughout the building and the lower 
hall has been completely refinished and the upper hall is now 
in the process thereof. A new metal ceiling was installed in 
the lower hall along with a new linoleum. We hope that the 
organizations and townspeople using the building, now that 
it has been redecorated, will take pride in keeping it this way. 



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IN CONFORMING WITH THE FIRE REGULATIONS, NO 
SMOKING IS PERMITTED ANYWHERE UPSTAIRS. 

During the year, the Board met with the School Com- 
mittee and with the Welfare Board to fill vacancies in their 
respective boards, as required by statutory laws. 

A new culvert has been installed on Carlisle Road, thus 
eliminating another of our old stone culverts, which have 
been in rather dangerous condition. We hope to continue 
this program until all these old stone culverts have been 
replaced. 

We are again bringing to the attention of the towns- 
people the advisability of insuring any or all town buildings, 
as at the present time they are not covered by insurance. 

We are also bringing to the attention of the townspeople 
the additional by-laws relative to the acceptance of town ways. 
We recommend the acceptance of these by-laws. 

We wish, at this time, to thank all committees, depart- 
ment heads and town employees for their interest and co- 
operation during the year 1950. 

ARTHUR W. LEE 
LAWRENCE DONNELLY 
GEORGE S. BRAMAN 

Selectmen of Acton. 



57 
REPORT OF THE FIRE DEPARTMENT 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

I hereby submit my report for the Fire Department for 
the year 1950. 

Alarms responded to are as follows : 

Building's 16 

Automobile 12 

Chimney 2 

Emergencies 15 

Oil 1 

False 1 

Total 47 

Collected for Oil, Blasting and Gas Permits $76.00 

The equipment is in good condition except as recom- 
mended. 

In view of the fact that dial telephone will go into effect 
before long, I would recommend extending the fire alarm 
system to cover Concord Road, thence on Route 2 to the Con- 
cord line, thence back on Route 2 to Davis Road, then back 
to Brooks Street to Main Street and along Main back to 
the Fire station. There are a lot. of business places as well 
as dwellings along this route that need this protection. Es- 
pecially with the civil defense program getting under way. 

I would recommend replacing the present air compressor 
and tanks at the Center Fire Station. This equipment is at 
least twenty years old and was second hand when put into 
service. This equipment comes under State inspection, and 
the last time it was inspected it passed by a very small 
m^.rgin. 

I would also like to bring to the attention of the people 
the Rules and Regulations for Keeping, Storage and Use of 
Fuel Oil or other inflammable liquid products used for fuel 
as in Form FPR-3 Rule 3: 



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A fuel oil burner shall not be installed and fuel oil 
in excess of ten (10) gallons shall not be kept nor stored 

in any building or other structure without a permit 
having been obtained therefor from the head of the fire 
department. The head of the fire department may grant 
a temporary permit for the keeping and use of fuel oil 
under such terms as he may prescribe. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGregor 

Chief of Fire Department. 



REPORT OF THE FOREST WARDEN 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

Your Forest Warden sumits the following report for 
the year ending December 31, 1950. 

Total number of grass and brush fires .... 69 
Bill sent for illegal fires $739.50 

The forest fire equipment is in good condition, except 
the portable forest fire pump. This pump has been in service 
for twenty years without any major repairs. The last part 
of this season it started to give us trouble. I recommend the 
purchasing of a new pump this year^ because I do not feel 
that it is now reliable. This is the only piece of equipment 
of this type that the town has, so that is has to .serve the 
whole town, and certainly must be dependable. 

Respectfully submitted, 

H. S. MacGREGOR, 

Forest Warden. 



59 
REPORT OF POLICE DEPARTMENT 



To the Board of Selectmen 
Acton, Massachusetts 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the Police Department 
for the year ending December 31, 1950. Said report includes 
all arrests made within the town during the past year. 
Arrests and prosecutions for the following offenses: 

Operating without a M. V. license 11 

Going through a red light 5 

Speeding 22 

Operating so as to endanger 10 

Operating under the influence of liquor 8 

Not displaying an inspection sticker 5 

Operating an unregistered motor vehicle 8 

Operating an uninsured motor vehicle 6 

Improper brakes 2 

Operating after revocation of license 

Operating after suspension of license 

Attaching plates illegally 

Drunkenness 1 

Law of the road 

No rear plate 

No front plate 

Assault 

Assault and Battery 

Non-support 

Desertion 

Malicious injury to real property 

Statutory rape 

Vagrancy • 

Promoting a lottery 

Breaking and entering and larceny in night time 

Attempted B&E&L 

Loaded shotgun in motor vehicle 

Keeping explosives without a permit 

Committed to State Hospitals 



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Motor Vehicle accident report: 

Accidents reported 58 

Occupants injured 59 

Pedestrians injured 2 

Fatal accidents 1 

Injured persons transported via Police emer- 
gency ambulance 6 

There were 11 more accidents and 32 more persons re- 
ported injured than last year. Once again we had our record 
marred by a fatal accident. The increase in the number of 
accidents is partly due to the increased number of vehicles 
being operated upon our highways. There were 187 operators 
booked and warned for motor vehicle violations. 

More Protection Needed: 

The work of this department is increasing and requests 
for additional protection are being received from a large 
number of our citizens. The completion of the new Route 2 
will bring more traffic through our villages and additional 
police work. Your police department now consists of the 
Chief and one patrolman, who have worked on an average of 
60 to 70 hours per week during the past year and during 
vacations and days off were on duty 24 hours per day. At 
the present time the night officer completes his patrol at 2 :00 
a.m. and from that time to 6 :00 a.m. the officer is on call but 
you and your property are without adequate protection. 

I therefore recommend that another full time patrolman 
be appointed on the Police Department, so that it will be possi- 
ble to have two officers together in the cruiser during the late 
hours and give you protection 24 hours of the day. With the 
appointment of an additional officer, our work schedule would 
call for a 54 hour week with all officers expected to report 
for further duty in emergencies. With many towns and fac- 
tories adopting a 40 hour week we feel that the hours now 
worked by the Acton Police to be out of line. Officials of the 
town who are acquainted with the work of the department 
agree to the need for another officer. During the past year 170 
cars parked throughout the town during the late hours were 
checked by the night patrol. 



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Civil Defense 

I would recommend that a two-way radio station be 
installed at the Police Office at Town Hall and two-way radio 
sets be installed in the Emergency or other Fire trucks and 
water Dept. truck as soon as possible so that the Police, Fire 
and Water departments would have the best possible means of 
communication in case of a major disaster. 

A story recently printed in the Boston papers claimed 
that there are 54,000 known communists in this country and 
that in case of open war with the Soviets the first act of the 
Soviet sympathizers would be to cripple our telephone sy- 
stems. 

The main station could be operated from the Police Sta- 
tion and from the Chief's home by remote control. The opera- 
tion of the Station by remote control would do away with the 
necessity of having an officer at the station 24 hours a day. 
The radio frequency would be the same as the frequency of 
the Concord Police Dept. Radio Station which could be used 
by our cars when our station would be off the air. Being on 
the same frequency as Concord Police would give us contact 
with them in case outside help is needed and either station 
could be used to direct cars or tiretrucks if one of the stations 
were to be crippled temporarily. In addition to this, in case 
our telephone system was put out of order we could station a 
vehicle in each precinct and the operators of these vehicles 
with their two-way radios could talk directly to each other 
or through the Main Station. 

This means of communication should be installed at this 
time as a defense measure and if the present War Emergency 
should blow over it would prove very valuable in the every 
day work of the fire, police and water departments. 

Auxiliary Police 

An Auxiliary Police Unit has been formed consisting of 
twenty men, all of whom are World War Veterans. These 
volunteer officers are being trained and will be under the 
direction of Col. Edward J. Higgins. If a two-way radio 
system is installed, they will also be trained in the operation 



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of the radio and will be available to operate the Station in 
case of emergency. 

Speed Zone Survey 

Complying with a vote taken at the last annual town 
meeting for a survey of our through streets as to the average 
speed travelled so that these streets may be zoned and posted 
as to the speed allowed in accordance with the law, we en- 
gaged the services of John T. Foster of the Concord Police 
Department to assist in the survey. In determining the 
speeds set on these streets it was compulsory to clock a certain 
number of cars in each zone with a stop watch and to take 
into consideration the type, width, curves and vision in each 
particular zone before the proposed speeds would be accepted. 
The location of the zone, such as thickly settled areas and 
business sections were also taken into consideration in set- 
ting the speeds. The streets were then patrolled at the spveeds 
arrived at by this survey and an instrument was attached to 
the dash of the car to test the speeds on curves. After the 
survey was completed, the proposed speeds were presented to 
the Department of Public Works and to the Registrar of 
Motor Vehicles. Engineers from the Department of Public 
Works and Inspectors from the Registry of Motor Vehicles 
then came to Acton and made individual surveys of the pro- 
posed speed zones and they were accepted by both departments 
without a single change being made. A hearing on the re- 
quest for the proposed zoning of certain streets by your 
Board of Selectmen was held at 100 Nashua Street, Boston 
on December 20, 1950 and no one appeared in opposition to 
the proposed speeds. The regulated speeds for these streets 
will be enforced as soon as the proper signs have been in- 
stalled. 

Due to the expense of installing these signs at this time, 
I would recommend that only a few of the streets selected 
be zoned this year and suggest that Powder Mill Road which 
is now zoned in the Town of Concord to the Acton Line, and 
Main Street where there is a heavy flow of out-of-state traffic 
be the first to receive attention. Both of these streets con- 
tribute largely to our accident record. 



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Cruiser 

The cruiser will have an estimated speedometer reading" 
of 40,000 miles by April 1st and I recommend that the pres- 
ent car be traded in for a 1951 model. 

Call Acton 169 for Police : 

All calls, day or night, should be made by calling Acton 
169. If the officer on duty is on patrol he will be notified by 
radio of your call. If the officer is at some other place, your 
call will be transferred to that number by the operator. In 
an emergency, simply call Emergency Acton 169 — .^tate ':he 
nature of the emergency and your location before leaving 
the telephone. Never try to contact the officer direct by radio. 

Your Police Department is on duty twenty-four hours a 
day and is always willing to serve you. 

In closing, I wish to thank all the officers of this depart- 
ment who co-operated with me in carrying out the duties of 
the Police Department during the past year. I also wish to 
express my thanks to the Board of Selectmen for their co- 
operation during the past year and to the local telephone 
operators for their prompt and efficient handling of our emer- 
gency calls and to the personnel of the Concord Police Depart- 
ment for their radio broadcasts. To all others who in any 
way assisted us, we are grateful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

MICHAEL FOLEY 

Chief oi Police. 



64 

REPORT OF FENCE VIEWERS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

Your committee of Fence Viewers for the Town of Acton 
has succeeded in settling" a dispute in reference to a line 
stone wall between Mr. Harold E. Justason, 517 Main St., 
and Mr. Norman E. Livermore, 515 Main St., to the satis- 
faction of both parties. 

Respectfully submitted, 

LOUIS F. LEVERONI 
ROBERT J. WILLETT 

Fence Viewers 



REPORT OF SEALER OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1950. 

On April 18, 1950, I took over the duties as Sealer of 
Weights and Measures. 

Since then I have sealed 257 weighing and measuring 
devices. Many of these had to be adjusted. 

The State Department of Standards loaned the equip- 
ment for measuring the Tank Truck Meter Systems as in 
former years. 

Seeing fees collected $116.60. The same was turned over 
to the Town Treasurer. 

The fee for sealing Tank Trucks this year was $1.00 
compared with S3. 0(5 last year. 

Respectfully submitted, 

CHARLES E. BARTLETT, 

Sealer of Weights and Measurers 



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REPORT OF VETERANS' SERVICES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

It is with many thanks to the Officials, the Citizens and 
the Veterans themselves, that we submit the following report 
and urgent appeal. 

Do you have any member of your family in the Service? 
If so will you please send in their name, address at time of 
entry, branch of service, serial number, date of birth, and if 
single name of Father and Mother, if married name of Wife 
and any children, with date of their birth. This is not idle 
curiosity, but very necessary facts we must have to enable 
us to help them and you, should an occasion require. 

As time marches on more cases present themselves, with 
a greater degree of careful study and thoughtful planning 
necessary to work them out than heretofore. Not just be- 
cause laws, rules and regulations are getting more strict, with 
less elasticity but we are getting older and our systems re- 
quire more and better attention. The things we would laugh 
off before are now requiring care. We think more of our 
responsibilities to our families and ourselves. Less of the 
chesty attitude, I served my bit, let me alone, I don't want 
anything. But we all do, sooner or later, want someone to 
talk things over with, to ask questions of. Thats why we are 
in the Town Hall Wednesday nights. 

There are around one hundred discharges that have still 
not been brought in to be recorded. 

Sincerely, 

THERON A. LOWDEN 

Director. 



66 

REPORT OF DOG OFFICER 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report for the year ending Decem- 
ber 31, 1950. 
Keeping and Destroying 52 Stray Dogs ...... $338.00 

Expenses 112.00 



$450.00 
Respectfully submitted, 

ARTHUR FRASER 

Dog Officer 



• REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF >VIRES 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

I respectfully submit my report as Inspector of Wiring 
for the period starting April 1 and ending December 31, 1950. 

One hundred ninety-nine (199) permits were issued and 
inspections made. 

Respectfully submitted, 

B. D. GOSS 

Inspector of Wires. 



REI^ORT OF WORKMEN'S COMPENSATION AGENT 

To tho Honorable Board of Selectmen : 

There were four accidents reported to me during the 
past 3'ear. All were of minor nature and settled in a satis- 
factory manner. 

Please report all accidents to your Compensation Agent 
promptly. 

HOWARD L. JONES, 

Compensation Agent. 



67 
REPORT OF SUPERINTENDENT OF STREETS 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I herewith submit my report concerning the work of the 
Highway Department for the year of 1950. 

The usual maintenance work of cleaning, scraping, 
patching, drainage, and brush cutting was carried on. 

A curve on School Street was widened and cable guard- 
rail erected. 

A section of Wetherbee Road was widened and cable 
guard-rail erected. 

Surface treatment was applied to the usual mileage of 
roads. Mixed in place jobs were done on Main, Prospect, 
Central, Summer, and Windsor. 

Another section of Main Street was rebuilt. A great 
deal of ledge was encountered. Curves were eased and 
banked, drainage and guard-rail built. This section is now 
much safer for the heavy travel on this street. 

The completion of the large bridge on Carlisle Road adds 
another unit in our flood control program. The road was 
widened, raised, straightened, and guard-rail erected. This 
piece of construction has corrected a very hazardous condi- 
tion. 

Respectfully submitted, 

RUSSELL C. BERRY, 

Superintendent of Streets. 



REPORT OF MOTH SUPERINTENDENT 



To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

I hereby submit the following report for the year ending 
December 31, 1950. 

An appropriation of |2700 was made for moth work 
last year, of which the running expense was $1200 and $1500 



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for labor. This money was used for spraying throughout the 
town for pest control and also a second and third spray for 
pest control and elm leaf beetle through part of the town. 

I recommend that the sum of |2700 be appropriated 
to be used for the control and suppression of insect pests in 
1951. Of this, |1500' for labor and $1200 for expenses. 

The Conservation Department of the State of Massa- 
chusetts requests that the Local Moth Superintendent make 
a survey of all pest conditions. 

There is Dutch Elm Disease in the towns surrounding 
us and I believe we should take precautions to protect 
our elms. The elms throughout the town should be checked, 
town shade trees and also private elms. I recommend that 
|500 be appropriated for this purpose. 

Respectfully submitted, 

JAMES J. KNIGHT, 
Moth Superintendent 



REPORT OF TOWN FOREST COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

Gentlemen : 

The Town Forest Committee submits the following re- 
port for the year 1950. 

Some work should be done in the Town Forest such 
as fire lanes and Brush cut so that fire trucks could drive 
into the woods. 

It is recommended that the amount of $250.00 be ap- 
propriated for this work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS 
JAMES J. KNIGHT 
EMERY NELSON 
Town Forest Committee 



«9 

REPORT OF INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS 

To the Honorable Board of SelectTnen: 
Gentlemen : 

I hereby submit my report las Inspector of Animals for 
the year 1950. 

Barns visited .'. . 52 

Cows 180 

Young Cattle 72 

Bulls 10 

Steers 9 

Swine 29 

Sheep 28 

Goats 30 

Horses 15 

Dog Bites 5 

Dogs Quarantined 5 

Rabies 

Miles traveled on inspection work . . 69 

Dead animals picked up on highways 7^ 

Respectfully submitted, 

ARNO H. PERKINS, 

Inspector of Animals 



REPORT OF PLAYGROUND SITE COMMITTEE 

To the Honorable Board of Selectmen: 

No further action has been taken toward the selection 
of a playground site in Precinct Three. 

Respectfully submitted, 

E. EVERETT PUTNAM, 

Chairman. 



70 



TOWN CLERK'S REPORT 



BIRTHS 



Whole Number Recorded 73 

Born in Acton 2 Mixed Par entagfe ..... . . 8 

Males 44 Native Parentage * . i .... 65 

Females 29 Foreign Parentage . . 

MARRIAGES 

Whole Number Recorded .^ 37 

Residents of Acton .... 46 Residents of other places 28 

DEATHS 

Whole Number Recorded 35 

Residents 6f Acton .... 31 Residents of other places 4 

i)K!€uring in Acton .. 17 Occuring in other places 18 

Average Age 68 -f 



71 



IMPORTANT REQUEST 



Please notify the Town Qerk im- 
mediately of any error or omission Jn 
the following List of Births. " 

Errors not reported at once can be 
corrected only by sworn affidavit, as pre- 
scribed by the General Laws, and may 
cause you inconvenience which can be 
avoided by prompt attention. 



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80 
DEATHS REGISTERED IN 1950 



Ddte Name 

June 4 Atwood, Frank S. ^ 

Ma/ 4 Berglind, Minna C. 

June 30 Brown, Murray v 

Mar. 9 Cameron, William P. 

Oe^, 1 Corliss, Andrew C. 

Stfp^ 27 Durkee, Carrie ^ 

Feb 23 Enneguess Michael 

May 20 Fletcher, Willie S. 

Sept 7 Graves, Flora 

Dec 24 Greene, Mary 

Dec. 4 Humphrey, Horace V. 

June 30 Jensen, Jennie 

Jan 9 Johnston, Arthur M. 

Ma^ 17 Leavitt, Jont B. 

July 22 MacGowen, James 

Apr. 24 Marsh, Katherine Esther 

Ap»\ 16 Mekkelsen, Bertha 

May 19 Moore, John Sterling 

Mar. 1 Myers, George 

Nov. 25 O'Malley, Joseph T. 

Aug. 4 Pederson, Barry H. 

Mar. 9 Porter, Fannie W. 

June 1 Robins, Hei^bert F. 

Feb. 16 Severinsen, Otina 

Apr. 23 Shapley, Eva Cora t 

Mar. 24 Sprague, Ida F. 

Aug. 16 Taylor, Simon D. 

Nov. 24 Thoresen, Carl M. 

Apr. 24 Tillson, William H. 

Aug. 6 Whitney, Lewis 

July 23 Wood, Mary A. 



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NOTICE 



All dog licenses here listed EXPIRE 
MARCH 31, 1951. 

Dogs must be licensed on or before 
April 1st or the owners or keepers there- 
of are liable to a fine. 

The law applies to all dogs three 
months old or over, regardless of time of 
year ownership is acquired. 

No tax bills are sent to owners of 
dogs. 



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LIST OF PERSONS HAVING DOGS LICENSED IN 1950 



Owner Tag. No. 

Carrie F. Wells 1 

Marcia Reed 2 

Dewey E. Boatman 3 

Frank E. Wetherby 4 

Lawrence Donnelly 5 

Roy F. Custance 6 

Shirley Kennedy 7 

Fred S. Kennedy 8 

Robert M. Bowen 9 

Clifford Armstrong 10 

Clifford Armstrong 11 

Martin Holland 12 

Thomas Janericco 13 

William Tillson 14 

Simeon Parfomchuk 15 

Frank W. Meakin 16 

Gertrude Stiles 17 
Mrs. Edward W. Moore 18 
Mrs. Edward W. Moore 19 

Judy Hatch 20 

Russell T. Jones 21 

Laura Jones 22 
Winthrop C. Richmond 23 

Harry V. Scribner 24 

John Torkelson 25 

Ralph Prescott 26 

Nathalie Phillips 27 

Nathalie Phillips 28 

Albert L. Haynes 29 

Rachael Haynes 30 

Exzilda M. Bligh 31 

Thelma Blood 32 

Ralph Mason 33 

Arthur S. Desmond 34 

Olava Eilertsen 35 

Annie Eilertsen 36 

Annie Eilertsen 37 

Lowell Cram 38 



Howland Parker 39 

Howland Parker 40 

Jane A. Day 41 

Clara L. Sawyer 42 

Frank I. Averett 43 

Hazel Hughes 44 

Margaret A. Reed 45 

James Murgatroyd 46 

Myra Hutchins 47 

Noe J. Richards 48 

Jennie M. McClure 49 

Allan Murray 50 

Ivar Peterson 51 

Hazel G. Blanchard 52 

Flora W. Putnam 53 

Bradford Leach 54 

Robert S. F. Rhodes 55 

Ray B. Hyde 56 

George W. Loggie 57 

Donatus W. Benere 58 

Thomas Motley 59 

Clare Garceau 60 

Russell M. Davis 61 

Benjamin F. Rice 62 

William Turner 63 

Jane Morrison 64 

Joan Christofferson 65 

Robert Mauro 66 

Libby Mauro 67 

John Duston 68 

Harold Y. Banquer 69 

John I. Swenson 70 

Malcolm Fullonton 71 

Arthur Lampila 72 

John Johnson 73 

Charles F. Greenough 74 

Dorothy Moody 75 

Doris MacGregor 76 

John T. McNiff 77 



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Katherine Graham 


78 


Robert Young 


119 


Ernest Simpson 


79 


Everet Maynes 


120 


Alice G. LaTulippe 


80 


John M. Pettingell 


121 


Alice G. LaTulippe 


81 


Dr. Paul Gates 


122 


Alice G. LaTullipe 


82 


Henry M. Young 


123 


Alice G, LaTullipe 


83 


Marilyn Clark 


124 


Ben Smalley 


84 


Matthew F. Costello 


125 


Ben Smalley 


85 


Louis A. Flerra 


126 


Robert Feltus 


86 


Louis A. Flerra 


127 


Albert Nickerson 


87 


Walter M. Ballard 


128 


Carl A. Schontag- 


88 


Walter M. Ballard 


129 


J. Eugene McKercher 


89 


Irving S. Duren, Jr. 


130 


Arthur Jalonen 


90 


Matthew Freeman 


131 


Arthur Jalonen 


91 


N. Philip Sked 


132 


Edwin Anderson 


92 


Otis J. Reed 


133 


H. Stuart MacGregor 


93 


George W. Mortimer 


134 


John F. Canessa 


94 


Joseph H. Lemoine 


135 


Wentworth Prentiss 


95 


C. J. Farley 


136 


Walter N. Stevenson 


96 


C. J. Farley 


137 


Harold Merry 


97 


C. J. Farley 


138 


Julie A. Preston 


98 


A. C. Gravlin 


139 


George Roe 


99 


A. C. Gravlin 


140 


George W. Turnbull 


100 


A. C. Gravlin 


141 


Bruce Larsen 


101 


A. C. Gravlin 


142 


Alice M. Pederson 


102 


Christy Hallos 


143 


Allen G. Warner 


103 


Paul Cornwall 


144 


Arno H. Perkins 


104 


David F. Penney 


145 


Ralph F. Littlefield 


105 


Norman Mcintosh 


146 


Ralph F. Littlefield 


106 


Norman Mcintosh 


147 


Hugh Hodgen 


107 


Edwin A. Anderson 


148 


John J. Crighton 


108 


Kenneth Jewell 


149 


John J. Crighton 


109 


Robert Farquhar 


150 


Philip W. Goldthwaite 110 


George A. Rifford 


151 


W. Gardner Walker 


111 


Ralph F. Parsons 


152 


William Main 


112 


Alden C. Flagg, Jr. 


153 


Hilda Anderson 


113 


Alden C. Flagg, Jr. 


154 


Richard Manion 


114 


William J. Durkin 


155 


Fred Richards 


115 


William J. Durkin 


156 


Edward L. Forbes 


116 


Benjamin Plume 


157 


Edward L. Forbes 


117 


John M. Whittier, Jr. 


158 


Robert Young 


118 


Alton W. White 


159 



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Barbara Allen 


160 


Joseph G. Curtis 


201 


Wendell F. Davis 


161 


Peter Olsen 


202 


Wilmer Laffin 


162 


Charles Whitcomb 


203 


Howard M. Dowd 


163 


John Murray 


204 


Howard M. Dowd 


164 


James Farrar 


205 


Glenna Wise 


165 


James S. Goodwin 


206 


Tony Perry 


166 


James S. Goodwin 


207 


Tony Perry 


167 


James S. Goodwin 


208 


Joseph Perry 


168 


Harold Nicola 


209 


Elmer Hill 


169 


John L. Fletcher 


210 


Charles Galluzzo 


170 


Melburne Davis 


211 


Robin Darling 


171 


Edward R. Kelley 


212 


Clifford A. Schofield 


172 


Charles H. Liebfried 


213 


Jean Drury 


173 


Allie L. Hall 


214 


L. H. Campbell 


174 


Ethel C. Robbins 


215 


Leonard Godfrey, Jr. 


175 


Robert A. Reid, 3rd 


216 


Carl Flint 


176 


Harry Snyer 


217 


Lemuel Small 


177 


Walter H. Liebfried 


219 


Margaret Sexton 


178 


Cecile Coles 


218 


Donnell Boardman 


179 


Richard K. Stuart 


220 


Forrest E. Bean 


180 


J. Henry Engman 


221 


G^rd R. Jordan 


181 


L. G. McGlone 


222 


Robert E. Woodbine 


182 


Donald L. MacPhee 


223 


Russell Berry 


183 


Arthur Lowden 


224 


Lucille Cunningham 


184 


Cleon Phelps 


225 


Arthur Reynolds 


185 


Florence Watkins 


226 


Albert S. Braman 


186 


Havelock J. Schnair 


227 


Lucy Newport 


187 


David Lawson 


228 


Warren E. Hart well 


188 


Wm. Henry Soar 


229 


Eilene Rolfe 


189 


Curtis Briggs 


230 


Hazel Cameron 


190 


Helen A. Knowlton 


231 


Fred Hollo well 


191 


Wallace Warren 


232 


George Horton 


192 


William S. Jones 


233 


Kenneth S. Harvey 


193 


Charles J. O'Dowd 


234 


George Clahane 


194 


Ray G. Dagenais